Mary Ann McGuigan
Fiction When It Matters Most


Young Adult
Young Adult
Young Adult
Young Adult

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About Mary Ann

Mary Ann McGuigan’s short stories and creative nonfiction are published widely in literary journals, including The Sun, Massachusetts Review, The Rumpus, X-R-A-Y, Pithead Chapel, and many others. Her collection Pieces includes fiction named for the Pushcart Prize and Sundress Publications’ Best of the Net. That Very Place, her new collection, will reach bookstores in 2025. The Junior Library Guild and the New York Public Library rank Mary Ann’s YA novels as best books for teens, and Where You Belong was a finalist for the National Book Award.

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“[Pieces is] full of haunting intangibles that will resonate instantly with readers. A careful and extremely sensitive work of generational fiction.”  — Kirkus

Author Visits

The historical events depicted in Mary Ann’s novels make them excellent vehicles for using fiction to discuss continuing social issues: interracial friendship, civil rights, overcoming poverty, teenage drinking, homelessness, domestic violence, and alcoholism.

She tailors her visits to schools, libraries, and bookstores to discuss the themes most important to them.

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