“I never know where things are going ‘til it’s too late to get off the train,” says Ann-Marie MacDonald about the writing process.
Perhaps this explains the kinetic energy and emotional honesty of her three critically acclaimed and best selling novels. From her brilliant début, the multigenerational family saga, Fall on Your Knees, to her latest, Adult Onset, an acidly funny look at parenting that the New York Times calls “big, troubling, and brave,” Ann-Marie has shown unusual willingness to take risks with subject matter and form, and an astonishing gift for creating unforgettable characters.
“Readers just want authenticity. That’s what I want too,” she says.
Fall on Your Knees won the Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Award and was an Oprah Book Club pick. The Way the Crow Flies was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and has been translated into thirteen languages. And now, Adult Onset is garnering similar praise.
“A large-hearted, resonant novel, filled with an interiority that opens out – a generous work,” says the Guardian (UK). “MacDonald’s strong narrative is a compelling examination of the loneliness and the often-absurd helplessness of being a parent of young children”, adds Publishers Weekly.
In addition to her work as a novelist, the multi-talented Ann-Marie is also a successful actor, playwright, and broadcaster. Winner of the Governor General’s Award, the Chalmers Award, and the Canadian Authors Association Award for her first solo-authored play, Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning, Juliet), she has also won a Genie nomination and a Gemini Award for her appearances in independent Canadian films.
Born in Germany to a Canadian military family, Ann-Marie currently lives with her wife, two children, and dog in Toronto.