• This anthology is a treasure trove of personal essays exploring the father-daughter relationship—the bitter and the sweet…By turns sentimental and dark, McMullan’s stunning collection has a wonderful purity.

    Publisher's Weekly

    Starred Review

  • A strange thing happens as we read these women remembering their fathers, for we inevitably think of and evaluate and sometimes eulogize our fathers, too.  We consider their childhoods and how they affected our childhoods, think of their legacies and how they affect our own…whether the words are written down or not, we read these memoirs and we begin our own.

    Notre Dame Magazine

  • McMullan’s selections likely fulfill the wish of many to address the loneliness felt following the loss of a father. “I wanted to read this anthology, but it did not exist,” she writes. Now it does, and readers will be grateful.


  • Want to dive deeper than greeting-card sentiments this Father’s Day? Acclaimed author and University of Evansville professor Margaret McMullan has the gift for you.

    Indianapolis Monthly

  • The work of Katrina fiction I have always wanted to read has arrived…The Pass is the place in “Aftermath Lounge,” and the stories will have appeal no matter where you live.”

    John Bialas, The Sun Herald

  • McMullan brings Place to life like few writers can. You can almost feel the heavy air on your skin.  As for her characters, they’re three-dimensional people who are so real, you feel like they’re in the room with you.  She’s got a great ear, a fine eye, and something else that you can’t buy–namely, a very large heart.

    Steve Yarbrough

    Author of The Realm of Last Chances

  • …the best apocalyptic fiction of the year comes to us, not borne on the maelstrom of nuclear fire or horrific epidemic, but in these beautifully crafted, masterfully interwoven stories… A hopeful Book of Revelation.

    Pinckney Benedict

    Author of Miracle Boy and Other Stories

  • Aftermath Lounge is a beautiful, compelling collection, the emotions as powerfully charged as the winds of a hurricane. McMullan writes movingly about those living in and pulling themselves out of destruction and chaos and loss to salvage all they can of love and redemption. From the voices of orphaned children to the least likely man to don to Santa Claus suit, there are moments of devastation, comic relief and grace.

    Jill McCorkle

    Author of Life After Life

  • This is a wonderful and devastating book about damage both manmade and natural. Ultimately, “Aftermath Lounge” is as much about recovery as it is about loss — making it at last to higher but still shaky ground, the way all recoveries must begin.

    Becky Hagenston, Clarion-Ledger

About Margaret

A recipient of a 2010 NEA Fellowship in literature, a 2010 Fulbright at the University of Pécs in Pécs, Hungary, and the National Author Winner of the 2011 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, Margaret McMullan is the author of six award-winning novels.

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