Maryanne O'Hara

Maryanne O'Hara

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Maryanne O’Hara wrote and published short stories before researching and writing Cascade, a novel that explores “what lasts.” Shortly after its publication, her daughter Caitlin’s lifelong health condition worsened, requiring the family to uproot from Boston to Pittsburgh for more than two years to wait for a lung transplant. Her memoir, Little Matches: A Memoir of Grief and Light, will be published by HarperOne on April 20. CASCADE was the Boston Globe Book Club’s inaugural pick, a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award, and a People Magazine Book of the Week; and a story collection was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. She is the former associate fiction editor of the literary journal Ploughshares, has taught creative writing at Emerson College and Clark University, and has had her writing recognized by the artist grants programs of the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the St. Botolph Club Foundation. LITTLE MATCHES is inspired by, a blog that Maryanne kept while her daughter Caitlin was waiting for a lung transplant. Since Caitlin’s passing, Maryanne has also been certified by the University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine as an end-of-life doula, so that she may better speak to the state of end-of-life care in our culture. Find Maryanne O'Hara on Instagram and Facebook @maryanneohara, and see the blog,, for updates, doses of optimism and more.
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