- The Boston Globe Book Club - Inaugural Pick
- People Magazine "People Pick of the Week"
- People Magazine "Great Reads, New in Paperback"
- MLA "Must Read" Fiction Honors
- Finalist, Massachusetts Book Award
- Slate Magazine "Best Books," "Best Summer Reads″
- WBUR Radio Boston: Good Reads for Summer
- Boston Globe "Best of the New″
- Library Journal "Best Bet"
People Magazine, "People Pick" & "Great Reads, New in Paperback"
Gorgeously written & involving, Cascade explores the age-old conflict between a woman's perceived duty and her deepest desires."
The Boston Globe Sunday Book Review--What do we have to give up to be whom we yearn to be? O'Hara's richly satisfying new novel grapples with small town limitations vs. big city sparkle, as well as the twists and turns in life that can either make or derail us. What makes the story all the more engrossing is that it's set against the eerie backdrop of 1930s Cascade, Mass., a town about to be flooded to make way for a reservoir. CASCADE unfolds like a Shakespearean tragedy, with an ending you won't see coming.
"..Trouble escalates, and so will the rate at which you turn the pages. Cascade is perfect for sitting by the fire on a chilly day contemplating the immutability of things."
Boston Globe, Best of the New, 2012
O'Hara, a former Ploughshares fiction editor, shapes her protagonist's story to pose questions like: If art is not lastingly valuable, what is? Ponder that over your next glass of tap water.
From the Author
I wanted CASCADE to explore "what is a decent choice?" and "how does a decent choice differ from a right choice?" and "who decides what is right?"
I wrote many of the Reader's Guide questions and designed them to provoke discussion and argument. Please feel free to contact me on my author page to discuss/Skype, etc.