McNally Jackson Bookstore, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Irish Arts Center present the launch of Ghosts of the Missing (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Mariner Books) a new novel by Kathleen Donohoe. Kathleen will be in conversation with Rachael Gilkey, Director of Programming and Education at IAC.
By the acclaimed author of Ashes of Fiery Weather, Ghosts of the Missing follows the mysterious disappearance of a 12 year old girl and the reverberations of this tragedy.
"Donohoe's narrative travels liberally between present and past, anchored by her strong Irish-American women. This well-crafted novel will also appeal to literary fiction fans." - Publishers Weekly
"A mediation on loss and the power of memory and tradition. A reflective tale of a town's and a girl's histories through the lens of rumor, storytelling, and ghosts." - Kirkus Reviews
On Saturday, October 28, 1995, a girl vanished. She was not a child particularly prized in town...When questioned by reporters, those who’d known Rowan described her as ‘quiet’ and ‘loner’ and ‘shy’ and even ‘awkward.’ Words for pity.
Culleton, New York has a long history—of writers, of artists, and of unsolved mysteries. It’s where Adair grew up before she moved to Brooklyn to try to make it as an artist. But after years away from her hometown and little to show for it, Adair decides to return. She moves back in to Moye House, the old mansion, and current writer’s retreat, imbued with her family's legacy.
Ciaran is a writer staying at Moye House in the hopes of finally solving the mystery of what happened to Rowan Kinnane—his sister, and Adair’s childhood best friend. As the two begin investigating, secrets long buried rise to the surface, complicating their sense of themselves and their understanding of what happened on that fateful day.
With her “knack for capturing heartbreaking moments with a gripping simplicity” (Village Voice), Kathleen Donohoe lures us into a haunting world of secrets and obsessions and shows just how far people will go in search of the truth.
Kathleen Donohoe is the author of Ashes of Fiery Weather. Her stories and essays have appeared in The Recorder, New York Stories, and Washington Square Review. She serves on the Board of Irish American Writers & Artists. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.
Rachael Gilkey is the Director of Programming and Education at Irish Arts Center. She has a Master's in Irish Studies from National University of Ireland, Galway. She has a BA in English and Comparative Literature from Occidental College.