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Adult Onset trades historical grandeur for the microcosm of family life

Adult Onset will surprise fans of MacDonald’s two previous and wildly successful novels, Fall On Your Knees and The Way the Crow Flies, with a story that trades historical grandeur for the microcosm of family life. – Read more

The Globe and Mail

Self-reflections on parenthood from Ann-Marie MacDonald

With the publication of Adult Onset, MacDonald has completed a trilogy that shows her life “in a parallel world.” All three novels draw heavily on her biography, but Adult Onset might be the closest MacDonald comes to writing a memoir. The similarities (the protagonist’s name, her wife’s occupation, her childhood) are difficult to ignore. – Read more

The Globe and Mail

With Adult Onset, Ann-Marie MacDonald has yet again delivered a masterpiece

If I call a book gothic, it evokes castles, cliffs, and counts. It does not conjure up images of the sort of red-brick house in which most of Ann-Marie MacDonald’s new novel, Adult Onset, takes place. – Read more


National Post

Adult Onset, by Ann-Marie MacDonald: Review

It is a high achievement for a writer to portray the persistent worry of avoidance in a way than rings true. – Read more

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Canadian Living

5 things I learned from author Ann-Marie MacDonald

When Ann-Marie sat down with me, we talked about cooking, writing processes and everything in between (at one point she actually compared writing her semi-autobiographical book to cooking pasta: You think it will be a simple task of throwing together some ingredients you have on hand, but it ends up being so much more complicated). I came away inspired from my chat with her, having discovered a lot about both her and her writing. – Read more


Caught in her own hall of mirrors

In basic factual terms, there is barely a playing card’s width between life and art in an intricate, gripping novel that is also a master class in turning the personal into the universal through art. “I want to make it everybody’s story,” says the 55-year-old author in an interview, “something that belongs to the reader, so that people—some of them not even gay—can say it’s the story of their life.” – Read more

Toronto Star

For Ann-Marie MacDonald, truth is in the storytelling

You’re a parent. You’re harried. You’ve spent the last seven days doing what parents do: picking up kids, shopping, wiping up pee, hoping your pit bull doesn’t attack the postman, having a chance encounter with an old flame in the supermarket. At the end of the week you sit down and think, there, that’s over. – Read more


Excerpt: A woman semi-retires in her 40s to raise her kids

Ann-Marie MacDonald’s third novel follows the trials and tribulations of Mary Rose MacKinnon, whose life is a comfortable chaos with her wife, Hilary, an in-demand director, two kids, aging parents, a dog and a lovely urban home. It all threatens to unravel when a childhood health condition ominously resurfaces. – Read more