Margaret McMullan knows what she's writing about, deftly capturing Manhattan, magazines, and notions of mortality in her fine novel.
Failed relationships, illness, death, a crumbling apartment, a love triangle that geometrically mutates...McMullan accomplishes all this with great wit, nail-on-the-head characterizations, and an easy, omniscient voice.
The novel often reminds us of the work of Anne Tyler in its treatment of serious matters beneath a surface of comedy.
This... situation has a sweetness...[Catherine] must Forge Her Way Alone in Life to Be a Big Girl, and on the way, reevaluates her loving bond to best friend Joey - the most engaging character here - who develops AIDS. When she loses him, we, too, grieve the loss of this man who wore Minnie Mouse barrettes and whose dresses were too small for Catherine to borrow.
A detailed account of New York's high-pressure world of magazine publishing...honest and clever.
It's a wicked satire of the magazine publishing world.
When Warhol Was Still Alive
is a powerful and entertaining story which will have you empathizing with its well-crafted characters and engrossed to the very last page.
– Queensland Pride, Australia
...a fast-paced, poignant first novel.
Margaret McMullan has a timely first novel.
The situations, though outre, never seemed contrived, and the characters are very real and human.