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Mary and O’Neil frequently marveled at how, of all the lives they might have led, they had somehow found this one together. When they met at the Philadelphia high school where they’d come to teach, each had suffered a profound loss that had not healed. How likely was it that they could learn to trust, much less love, again?

Justin Cronin’s poignant debut traces the lives of Mary Olson and O’Neil Burke, two vulnerable young teachers who rediscover in each other a world alive with promise and hope. From the formative experiences of their early adulthood to marriage, parenthood, and beyond, this novel in stories illuminates the moments of grace that enable Mary and O’Neil to make peace with the deep emotional legacies that haunt them: the sudden, mysterious death of O’Neil’s parents, Mary’s long-ago decision to end a pregnancy, O’Neil’s sister’s battle with illness and a troubled marriage. Alive with magical nuance and unexpected encounters, Mary and O’Neil celebrates the uncommon in common lives and the redemptive power of love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[An] artful debut…Cronin writes clear and careful prose, and is admirably fearless in the scope of his imagination.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “An astonishingly good first novel…What a gift to be able to live alongside these people for a while.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “A literary love story…about the fragility of good fortune and the accidental ways of finding happiness.”

    USA Today

  • “Cronin succeeds, touchingly and tenderly, in portraying life itself as a triumph of hope over experience.”

    Boston Globe

  • “In unassailably well-crafted prose, novelist Justin Cronin offers us the story of an ordinary family placed under extraordinary circumstances and held together by the solid footing of love and intimacy.”

     Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “A promising debut.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A worthy first effort by a novelist worth watching.”

    Library Journal

  • “A quiet debut, its very understatement giving rise to its poignancy and strength.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Justin Cronin’s Mary and O’Neil is that rare thing: a wholly engrossing story of the ordinary life.”

    Madison Smartt Bell, author of All Souls’ Rising

  • Winner of the 2002 PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award
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