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

Winner of the 2020 Nonfiction Mississippi Arts and Letters Award. 

Shortlisted for the 2020 Sarton Book Award.

Read about Where the Angels Lived in The Washington Post.

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Check out Margaret in Fulbright’s Snapshot. 


  • You will emerge from reading this memoir with a greater understanding of the destructive power of hate.

    Teach Peace Now

  • McMullan’s haunting, heartrending, and hopeful journey to remember and honor her family’s legacy…reminds us how connected we all are to our past.

    Linda Kass

    author of Tasa’s Song, owner of Gramercy Books

  • An amazing book club selection. McMullan’s writing is exquisite – detailed and luminous.


    Lois Hanson

    Paragraphs Bookstore, Ohio

  • An amazing voyage of discovery.

    Chicago Jewish News

  • 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

  • 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

  • Into this terrifying moment of severe intolerance in America, arrives this meticulously researched, soul-driven account of the generational trauma caused by another country that turned on and gave up its own. Margaret McMullan did not ask for the assignment that sent her and her family to Hungary to mourn an unknown family member lost to the Holocaust, but her radical courage, determination and stamina in the face of that assignment is breathtaking, insisting we pay attention, to the crimes of the past and our actions in the present, because, of course, it can happen here.

    Pam Houston

    Deep Creek

  • Millions of individuals were killed during the Holocaust, and many of their stories were lost. But one man’s story was not.

    Mind Joggle

  • 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

  • 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

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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