Molly McCloskey was born in Philadelphia and grew up in North Carolina and Oregon. In 1989, she moved to Ireland, spending ten years on the west coast before moving to Dublin. She is the author of two short story collections, Solomons Seal and The Beautiful Changes, and a novel, Protection. Her first work of non-fiction, Circles Around the Sun: In Search of a Lost Brother, appeared in 2011. Her new novel will be published by Penguin Ireland in 2017 as When Light is Like Water, and in the US by Scribner in 2018 under the title Straying.
Her work has appeared in the Irish Times, the Dublin Review, the Guardian, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She has taught writing at universities in Ireland and the US, serving as Writer-in-residence at Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, and George Washington University in Washington, DC. She has also worked in the field of international development in the UNs Kenya-based Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs for Somalia. She currently lives in Washington, DC, and recently served as a judge for the DC-based PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.
Molly McCloskey recommends
Here Comes the Miracle (2021)
"Anna Beecher has produced an evocation of loss and mourning that is nevertheless suffused with a sense of wonder - about the world and its objects, about different kinds of love, about the way our lives form round absences. In this quietly devastating novel, she attends, with tenderness and precision, to the details of both life and death. Here Comes the Miracle is a work of depth, sorrow, and great beauty."
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