Kathleen Donohoe

Author's Bio

My debut novel, ASHES OF FIERY WEATHER, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in August 2016. “This riveting first novel takes readers from the 19th-century Irish potato famine to 21st-century New York City through the lives of six generations of women in an Irish American family of firefighters…Adding to the book’s power are the authentic Brooklyn details, making the borough a compelling character in itself. That the author grew up in such a family makes her work that much more realized with strongly developed supporting characters, gritty realism, and a non-Hollywood-style ending." - Library Journal, starred review

Publications and Prizes

(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015)
Conjunctions, Emrys Journal, Hampton Shorts, Harpur Palate, Inkwell, New York Stories, Recorder, SNReview, Washington Square

Personal Favorites

Favorite Books: 
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Ulysses, Dubliners, Bel Canto, Patron Saint of Liars, Charming Billy, The Virgin Suicides
Favorite Authors: 
Alice McDermott, Alice Munro, Ann Patchett, Lauren Groff, Roxanne Gay, James Joyce, Junot Diaz, Russell Banks.

Reviews, Recordings, and Interviews

More Information

Listed as: 
Fiction Writer
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Identifies as: 
Irish American
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Born in: 
Brooklyn, NY
Raised in: 
Brooklyn, NY
Literary Agent: 
Caryn Karmatz Rudy
"When John and Patrick died most of me went with them, and that is all that happened. I knew any boys I had would be born to risk fire, but I never dreamed that it would come from the inside out and while they were still mine far more than Jack’s. Their faces were drawn from his, but they had my blue eyes, flecked with green as though someone tossed bits of emerald into the sky. " -Annie-Rose O'Reilly, Ashes of Fiery Weather
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Last updated: Mar 02, 2017