Author Profile

Maryanne O'Hara

Maryanne O'Hara

Maryanne O'Hara was a longtime associate fiction editor at Boston's award-winning literary journal Ploughshares and has had her work published in The North American Review, Five Points, Redbook, The Crescent Review, and many anthologies. Several of her short stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and one was a finalist for the 2010's Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction.


She has lived on a river in Massachusetts for many years and, as a young mother caring for a baby born with cystic fibrosis, spent plenty of time journaling her experiences and feelings while looking out her window at the river. After a self-described "early mid-life crisis", Maryanne went back to school for her MFA at Emerson College in Boston. When she is not writing or taking care of her daughter with her husband Nick, she sometimes blogs about her life at


Maryanne's most recent novel Cascade (Penguin, 2012) follows the story of a Paris-trained artist struggling through a hard life in the "drowned towns" (flooded to create reservoirs) in 1930's New England. It has been chosen as a Boston Globe "Best of the New", People Magazine "People Pick", and "Best Books" by Slate Magazine.


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Videos featuring Maryanne O'Hara

Cascade by Maryanne O'Hara - Official Book Trailer

Maryanne O'Hara Speaks About Cascade