Fiction. Most of us remember the mystery and innocence of first love and its inevitable loss. Far fewer ever have a chance (or the desire, the obsession, or the destiny) to attempt late in life to make whole again what broke apart. This is the story of one of those attempts—the tale of MARY O’HOULIHAN, told with wry humor and affection by author Mike O’Connor. In a way, this book is a sequel to O’Connor’s 2010 book, UNNECESSARY TALKING, the humorous and spirited tales of a small-town American childhood.
Mike O’Connor, born in Aberdeen, Washington, is a poet, writer, and translator of Chinese literature. For 12 years, he farmed and worked in the woods before pursuing Chinese studies and a journalism career in Asia for fifteen years. He is the author of nine books of poetry, translation, and memoir. His most recent publications include MARY O’HOULIHAN (2013), IMMORTALITY (2010) and UNNECESSARY TALKING: THE MONTESANO STORIES (2009), all from Pleasure Boat Studio. O’Connor is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (2003-4); an International Writers’ Workshop Fellowship, Hong Kong, (2006); and a Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship (2009). He served as publisher of Empty Bowl Press in Port Townsend, a writers’ co-operative, and care takes forest land on the Big Quilcene River.