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September 1, 2016

Greetings:

This month, we're pleased to feature Ashes of Fiery Weather, a story spanning two continents and six generations of women in a family of firefighters. 

Read on to learn more from the author, and enter to win a copy of this debut novel. 

Warmly,

Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp
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Ashes of Fiery Weather
by Kathleen Donohoe 
Fiction / 416 pages / Hardcover  
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt /
August 2016 
  
Dear Reader,

As the daughter, niece and cousin of New York City firefighters, I knew I would someday write a novel about a Brooklyn, New York fire-family. For it to focus on women, though, that idea was inspired by the news coverage of the F.D.N.Y. funerals after September 11.

Each chapter of the novel centers on a different woman in the Keegan/O'Reilly family. Take Delia, a single mother, divorced at a time when few Catholics were, who loses her firefighter-son
in 1983, and her daughter, Eileen, one of the first women to join the F.D.N.Y. Theirs is a shared loss but their grief manifests very differently, as is seen in their intertwined, yet separate, stories.

With this novel, I wanted to move past the image of fire-families walking quietly behind the coffin. I wanted to show what stoicism feels like, to recognize how the mothers, wives, sisters and daughters weather the loss of their men.

I hope I've brought them to life on these pages and that you come away with a sense of their complex inner lives, and that they stay with you long after you've finished the book. 

Kathleen Donohoe


WE ARE GIVING AWAY 10 COPIES OF ASHES OF FIERY WEATHER.  ENTER BY OCTOBER 1 TO WIN A COPY.

About Ashes of Fiery Weather:  

Ashes of Fiery Weather is a debut novel about the passionate loves and tragic losses of six generations of women in a family of firefighters, spanning from famine-era Ireland to Brooklyn a decade after 9/11.
 
Reviews of Ashes of Fiery Weather:   
 
"Though Ashes of Fiery Weather spans more than a century and two continents, there is an intimacy shared by the many women we meet in these pages. With Alice McDermott's eye for the nuances of Irish Catholic family life, and Dennis Lehane's gritty realism, Donohoe welcomes us into a world not many get to see." -Mary Beth Keane, author of Fever
 
"A remarkably authentic portrait, rich in memorable detail, with characters that come so vividly to life one forgets one is reading a novel. For a book to cover wide swaths of time and still feel vital at every point on its timeline is an impressive feat. Prepare to settle in."
-Matthew Thomas, author of We Are Not Ourselves

To learn more, visit the author's website and follow her on Twitter.

Kathleen Donohoe is available to speak to your book club by Skype, phone, or in person if you live in the tri-state area. Email Kathleen to arrange a discussion.
 





 
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