Maryanne O'Hara has an MFA from Emerson College and, for many years, was the Associate Fiction Editor for Ploughshares. She has been a finalist for the Iowa Short Fiction Awards and the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. O'Hara has been published in Five Points, The North American Review, and Redbook, among other publications. Cascade is her first novel. She holds citizenship in the United States and Ireland and lives in the Boston area.