Available now: Where The Angels Lived: One Family’s Story of Loss, Exile, and Return

Connect with Margaret during her 2019 National Book Tour.

Meet Margaret in Israel September 1-7.

Watch Marshall Ramsey’s interview with Margaret on MPB Conversations.

Indiana Library Selects Where the Angels Lived for Community Reading Program

Meet Margaret at the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. for a book talk and signing October 13 and 14, 2019.

Book Margaret for an Event Through The JBC.

Listen to an interview with Margaret on Cincinnati’s Public Radio.

“It can happen again. Maybe it has already started.” Read Margaret’s piece in USA Today.

Read “Why I Don’t Celebrate Richard Wagner’s Birthday” in The Montréal Review .

Read about the Holocaust in one Hungarian town in The Washington Post.

Read about refugees in Hungary in The Los Angeles Times.

Read “Kaddish for Engel 64240” in Anchor Magazine.


  • Riveting reading.

    The Hungarian Spectrum

  • McMullan has done more than tell this story masterfully… the memoir’s inevitable look at the gradual nature of totalitarianism’s growth resonates today, as both the U.S. and Hungary experience right-wing resurgences.

    The Clarion-Ledger

  • It’s emotional – and yet, in the end filled with hope and love…I cannot add words or commentary to something so beautifully lived and written.

    Scott Naugle

    The Shoofly Magazine

  • It is impossible to read this richly textured story and not be deeply moved by the lost voices who rise from the dead to speak in these pages. They, and we, should be forever grateful for their resurrection painfully and lovingly wrought by Margaret McMullan.

    Stuart Stevens

    The Innocent Have Nothing to Fear

  • McMullan beautifully pieces together a family history and the history of a country and its ethnic groups to create a stirring and highly informative narrative, full of information, wonderful wisdom and anecdotes, both sorrowful and joyful.

    Josip Novakovich

    April Fool’s Day

  • They are entrepreneurs, musicians, lovers, builders and fighters, who, without the author’s painstaking research, would have been erased from history forever.

    Eleni Kounalakis

    Lt. Governor of California & U.S. Ambassador to Hungary (2010 – 2013)

  • Like Edmund de Waal’s Hare with the Amber Eyes, McMullan pieces together the lost story of her forgotten ancestor and reminds us all how easy it is for humans to willfully ignore the murderous past and contemporary evil.

    Evelyn Farkas

    Senior Fellow, German Marshall Fund; National Security Contributor, NBC/MSNBC

  • An impressive textual monument of the impact of Nazi genocide and the Shoah on individual lives and family, even three generations after the actual events.

    Dr. Christian Dürr

    Curator, Mauthausen Memorial

  • My Jewish ancestors lived in the very same place and were also killed the same way. The similarities make me cry, the differences make me smile. Common fate—small comfort.

    Miklós Vámos

    The Book of Fathers

  • Where the Angels Lived is a powerful testament of familial mourning as well as a vision of 20th century European history that is both searing and uplifting.

    Joyce Carol Oates

  • Where the Angels Lived is a beautifully crafted memoir that readers of history will particularly enjoy. Anyone with a fascination for discovering forgotten chapters of their own lives will relate to Margaret McMullan’s quest for the story of her ancestors. The book also made for a thoughtful book club selection, stimulating interesting conversation about the writing as well as the featured characters. This is a wonderful book to put in the hands of readers.

    Kelle Barfield, owner Lorelei Books

  • As Margaret McMullan says in her foreword, “Our stories don’t stop, even when lives end.”

    The Southern Register

  • …insightful clarity is on full display in Every Father’s Daughter. In McMullan’s foreword—which features a couple of the loveliest moments in the whole book—she talks about the passion for literature she shared with her father.

    Literary Mama

  • 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

  • This anthology is a treasure trove…By turns sentimental and dark, McMullan’s stunning collection has a wonderful purity.

    Publisher's Weekly

    Starred Review

  • 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

  • Each entry is a shot to the chest…Writing a good short story is no easy feat. Writing one consisting of a few paragraphs that not only fills the frame but paints a heartbreaking picture is an awe-inspiring talent.

    Malcolm Avenue Review

  • A treat for daughters, fathers, and anyone who enjoys exploring relationships and their many twists and turns.

    Library Journal

  • 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

  • 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

    A 2015 "Sizzling Summer Read"
    Best Gift for Fathers Who Read

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 nine award-winning books, including her new memoir, Where The Angels Lived: One Family’s Story of […]

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