• Aftermath Lounge is a novel in stories, in which a diverse gallery of characters grapple with their lives in Katrina’s aftermath…McMullan opted for fiction to deal with the emotional truths of the lives impacted.”   The Chicago Tribune

  • “Here are twenty-four ways of looking at fatherhood by an incredible host of writers, including Jane Smiley, Ann Hood and Alice Munro, among others.”   Parade Magazine

  • “So masterfully rendered, the intonation of the prose carries meaning as noiselessly and effortlessly as a blue heron glides to rest on the sandy shore of Cat Island.”     Gulf Coast Woman

  • “Every Father’s Daughter is an honest, often heart-rending look at the significance of the father/daughter bond. The compilation’s beauty lies in its contributors’ willingness to express their raw emotions…McMullan’s collection will help women to understand, cherish, or grieve their dads.”     BUST Magazine


  • 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

  • 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.  Booklist

  • 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.”  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.  Jackson Clarion-Ledger

  • “Margaret McMullan brings forth a powerful set of stories from 24 women that draws on the commonalities and differences of the father-daughter bond.”  Nashville Scene

  • “…rarely do we have the rich detail found in these essays from women writers who responded to an editorial request: ‘Tell me about your father.’…“Every Father’s Daughter” is a powerful gathering of tributes to memory, regret, love and sorrow.” – Jackson Clarion-Ledger

    Jackson 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 seven award-winning novels. In 2015, she and Phillip Lopate curated Every Father’s Daughter, an […]

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