Giveaway: Cascade by Maryanne O'Hara

Passages to the Past is thrilled to be hosting a giveaway of Cascade by Maryanne O'Hara as part of the author's virtual tour with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours! 

Maryanne's tour runs through June 7th, so be sure to check out the schedule of stops here

CascadePublication Date: April 30, 2013 
Penguin Books 
Paperback; 384p 

A Slate Magazine “Best Books 2012″ 
A People Magazine “People Pick” 
A Library Journal 2012 “Best Bet” 
Boston Globe "Best of the New, 2012" 
A Massachusetts "Must Read, 2013" 

During the 1930s in a small town fighting for its survival, a conflicted new wife seeks to reconcile her artistic ambitions with the binding promises she has made. Fans of Richard Russo, Amor Towles, Sebastian Barry, and Paula McLain will devour this transporting novel about the eternal tug between our duties and our desires, set during in New York City and New England during the Depression and New Deal eras. It’s 1935, and Desdemona Hart Spaulding has sacrificed her plans to work as an artist in New York to care for her bankrupt, ailing father in Cascade, Massachusetts. When he dies, Dez finds herself caught in a marriage of convenience, bound to the promise she made to save her father’s Shakespeare Theater, even as her town may be flooded to create a reservoir for Boston. When she falls for artist Jacob Solomon, she sees a chance to escape and realize her New York ambitions, but is it morally possible to set herself free? 

About the Author
Maryanne O'Hara 
Maryanne O’Hara was the longtime associate fiction editor at the award-winning literary journal Ploughshares. She received her MFA from Emerson College fifteen years ago, and wrote short fiction that was widely published before committing to the long form. She lives on a river near Boston. 

For more information on Maryanne O'Hara, please visit her website

You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and GoodReads


Passages to the Past has one paperback copy of Cascade up for grabs.  To enter, please complete the form below.

Giveaway is open to US only and ends on May 10th.

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  1. I’ve been reading so many wonderful things about this new novel and can’t wait to read it. I always love novels about a marriage of convenience and this one sounds like one with an unusual plot which makes it even more intriguing. It’s on my Wish List. Thanks for sharing, Amy.

  2. Thanks for the giveaway! This has been on my TBR list for quite awhile :)

  3. I was so attracted to the book cover!!!!


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