Heartbreaking new novel from the internationally bestselling author of Fall on Your Knees and The Way the Crow Flies
'Ann-Marie MacDonald captures the dark hilarity of parenthood like nobody else. I gulped down Adult Onset in a single day.' Emma Donoghue, author of Room
A NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER IN CANADA
Mary Rose McKinnon has two children with her partner Hilary and a fractured relationship with her mother Dolly; she also has issues with anger management and lives in fear of hurting the children and these feelings seem somehow rooted in a part of her childhood she has trouble remembering.
Is Dolly - the kind of big personality who makes all Mary Rose's friends, and even waiters in coffee shops, exclaim 'I love your Mum!' - really harbouring a dark secret about what caused Mary Rose's childhood injuries, and is Mary Rose doomed to follow the same path with her own children?
ADULT ONSET is a heartbreaking, hilarious, hugely satisfying novel about family ties and the joy and agony of parenthood. Ann-Marie MacDonald gets under the reader's skin and gives voice to the feelings we have all experienced but may never have examined.
Ann-Marie MacDonald is a bestselling, award-winning novelist, playwright, actor and broadcaster. She lives in Toronto with her partner and their 2 children.
Beautifully rendered... frank and acidly funny... It's a large-hearted, resonant novel, filled with an interiority that opens out - a generous work. — Guardian
Sensitive and unmistakeably heartfelt — Sunday Times
Definitely recommended — Daily Mail
A complex, troubling novel that cuts with surgical precision into the sinew and muscle of family life. — Sarah Waters, author of The Paying Guests
Big, troubling and brave. — The New York Times
Ann-Marie MacDonald captures the dark hilarity of parenthood like nobody else. I gulped down Adult Onset in a single day. — Emma Donoghue, author of Room
...explores the question of parental abuse and its origins with uncommon courage. — Now magazine, Canada
She has again delivered a masterpiece. — Michelle Dean, The Globe and Mail
A lively, moving, and often funny story that has the potential to help usher in a new era of honest literary depictions of families in all their permutations. — The Walrus
. . . a novel impossible to put down once begun. . . . the novel is superb, a fine blending of fact and fiction, of remembered incident and forgotten history, a wonderfully written treatise on the power of the past to impinge on the present. — Nancy Schiefer, The London Free Press, Canada
Ms. MacDonald strikes just the right tone as she exposes the brutal undercurrents of domestic life. — New York Times
. . . an intricate, gripping novel that is also a master class in turning the personal into the universal through art. — Brian Bethune, Maclean’s Canada
Many of us will see ourselves in the profound discomfort MacDonald has conjured... the book is an absolute triumph of terrifying authenticity. — National Post
Suspense builds; surely, horror awaits. . . . Macdonald's book remains spellbinding throughout. It is impossible to forget. — Paul Gessell, Quill & Quire
Remarkable...an engrossing, disturbing and layered tale. — Chicago Tribune on The Way the Crow Flies
[MacDonald's] prose...is always right and true, clean and penetrating. — Winnipeg Free Press on The Way The Crow Flies
One of the finest novels I've read in a long, long time. — The Washington Post on The Way The Crow Flies
MacDonald is a stunningly good writer . . . The Way the Crow Flies . . . secures for MacDonald a place, forever, in Canadian literature. — Calgary Herald
Macdonald is excellent at conversation - the phonecalls between Mary Rose and her mother are superb in their accuracy — Independent on Sunday