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