Atlantic Books Today

Ann-Marie MacDonald’s latest novel revisits painful terrain to find forgiveness

“The way I’ve been thinking of [this book] is like when you haven’t gone grocery shopping, but need to make supper. There’s always pasta. My youngest was five when I started writing this book. I thought okay, I’m going to start writing fiction again, but I’m writing pasta. It’s going to be here-and-now, no sets and costumes.” – Ann-Marie MacDonald

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Vancouver Sun

Sun Book Club chats with Adult Onset author Ann-Marie MacDonald

Photograph by: Arlen Redekop , Vancouver Sun

The Sun’s book club held a live chat with Ann-Marie MacDonald, author of Adult Onset, a novel about memory and modern parenting.

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A Not-Review: The Joy Experiment

On Motherhood and Rage: A Not-Review of Anne Marie MacDonald’s Adult Onset

The put your pillow over your face to keep it quiet as you fall asleep kind of book is a rare thing. There are only two other books in the last 5 years that have had this effect on me — Jose Saramago’s Blindness and Marilynne Robinson’s Home (I am half-way through the third book in this trilogy, Lila, and am flabbergasted at how completely and masterfully Robinson has offered completely unique points of view in each of the books and how it speaks so much to how much we never really know or understand any one else). – Read more

Calgary Herald

Ann-Marie MacDonald mines motherhood and a painful past for Adult Onset

Ann-Marie MacDonald

“It’s kind of like when you have to make supper and you haven’t gone grocery shopping and there’s no food in the house,” says MacDonald, in an interview at the Calgary Herald. “But there always is. We’re having pasta. That’s what I figured with this book. I thought ‘I have to be able to write right from my head, right from my heart. Everything has to be already in me.’ I thought that would be easy: wash-and-wear, never needs ironing.” – Read more

Fast Forward Weekly

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