“In this deftly woven collection, McGuigan poignantly illuminates the shadowy fissures of family loneliness, longing, and fear—and the unexpected interstices of love.” —Barbara Kyle, author of THE TRAITOR’S DAUGHTER “Snow Fort,” the fourth story in PIECES, is now available on the Short Story Project.
When I was a kid in the Bronx in the ’60s, racism was as American as apple pie, at least in my family. They were second-generation Irish, struggling to make ends meet, and they didn’t lose sleep over who got shut out of a job or a neighborhood. How could we look down on Negroes? … Read more
—including Fiona’s friend David and his mother! [From Morning in a Different Place, Bronx 1963, Fiona learns that her friend David Silverman went to the March on Washington with his mom and Mrs. Carson, Yolanda’s neighbor.] “Mrs. Carson is your friend?” says Yolanda [to Mrs. Silverman]. “Well, an acquaintance really. But we’ve gotten to be … Read more
And if Fiona wants to be accepted by her newfound friends, she’ll have to end it. She knows what she should do, but heroics don’t come easy to an outcast. Her courage gets lost—until Yolanda helps her find it. [From Morning in a Different Place, Bronx, NY, 1963] President Kennedy is on TV, giving a … Read more
“Shelter,” the second story in Pieces, is now available on the Short Story Project. “Pieces is a beautifully rendered portrait of a family, one that moves from voice to voice and generation to generation, bearing witness to strength and vulnerability, distance and connection.” —Roxana Robinson, author of Sparta
“Witness,” the opening story in Pieces, has been published on the Short Story Project. “The related stories in Mary Ann McGuigan’s collection follow the children of the Donnegan family over the years as they try to come to terms with the legacy of alcoholism and domestic violence. Told with a sure voice and an appreciation … Read more
BooksNJ at Paramus Library What a pleasure it was to meet so many New Jersey writers of all stripes and so many avid readers who attended BooksNJ, a festival celebrating writing, reading, and books.The event was sponsored by the Bergen County Cooperative Library System. I thank them again for the chance to meet and talk … Read more