Ashes of Fiery Weather will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on August 30, 2016.
It is about the women of a Brooklyn, New York family of firefighters whose stories interconnect across generations, from the last night of the City of Brooklyn, New Year’s Eve, 1898, to ten years after September 11th.
“A tale of New York that transcends New York, Kathleen Donohoe’s The Ashes of Fiery Weather is a riveting, finely crafted combination of gritty realism and graceful, poignant prose. With insight, compassion and unblinking honesty, she gives us the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. Donohoe’s debut novel is a triumph. A star is born.” – Peter Quinn, author of Banished Children of Eve
“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, and that bond is the life force of the book. 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
“Kathleen Donohoe is so natural a story-teller, one hardly realizes the enormity of her tale until it’s done and one looks up, surprised with satisfaction. Here is a rich, full novel that rolls like a song.” —Roger Rosenblatt, author of Making Toast