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Struggling with the aftershocks of alcoholism and domestic violence, the Donnegans are refugees in disguise, fearing normalcy is out of reach. But each time they’re forced to come to terms with what their actions have cost them, their choices—often bizarre, yet darkly victorious—speak to the human spirit when it’s unwilling to give up hope.
"McGuigan's novel is both dizzying and unforgettable; certain to make an impact on its readers."
—US Review of Books
Crossing Into Brooklyn
Sixteen-year-old Morgan Lindstrum, from a well-to-do Princeton family, wants the truth about her family. To find it, she makes her way to Brooklyn. Waiting there is Irish immigrant Terence Mulvaney, the link to a world she's afraid to see. Will she keep a safe distance from the shame of poverty, the same way her mother did? She must choose, and for the people who need her, time is running out.
"The development of plot and characterization is striking. A beautifully written book."
Morning in a Different Place
Junior Library Guild Selection & Paterson Prize Honor Book
In this sequel to Where You Belong, the stage is set for a classic moral battle. As Fiona comes to see what is truly worth having, she finds the courage to defend her friendship with Yolanda.
“McGuigan is as adept at evoking the class consciousness and racial politics of ’60s New York as she is the horrors of adolescence.”
Where You Belong
National Book Award Finalist & New York Public Library Best Books for the Teen Age
An interracial friendship in the Bronx in 1963 brings trouble—and hope.
“Fiona is an unforgettable character with a voice that is marvelous in its understated artfulness and compelling in its emotional authenticity.”
—Booklist starred review
New York Public Library Best Books for the Teen Age
Only the courage to trust someone will help Eileen see that she has a self worth believing in and a right to have a dream and make it real. But for Eileen, trust is a dangerous thing.
“Polished writing heightens the poignancy of Eileen’s small but significant inroads against hopelessness.”
—The Horn Book
“Pieces taps into raw, emotional drama … that will leave the reader moved and gasping for air. McGuigan’s novel is both dizzying and unforgettable; certain to make an impact on its readers.” —US. Review of Books
Meet Mary Ann
Mary Ann McGuigan's young-adult novels have been ranked among the best books for teens by the New York Public Library, the Junior Library Guild, and Paterson Prize Honor Books. Where You Belong was a finalist for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, and Mary Ann has served on the foundation's panel of judges. Her short stories for adults—nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Sundress Publications' Best of the Net—appear in a wide range of literary journals, including North American Review, The Sun, Prime Number, Grist, Perigee, and Into the Void. Pieces, her collection of short stories, was published by Bottom Dog Press. All of her books are available on Amazon and BN.com.