Giveaway for Cascade!

Last year, I read (and adored) Maryanne O'Hara's Cascade. (It made my Top Ten of 2012!)

This gorgeous novel of place, art, passion, identity, love, war, Massachusetts, New York City, artists, Shakespeare, fathers, wives, husbands, lovers just captivated me and I can't shut up about it.  (Obviously!) 

I'm delighted to say I've been offered a giveaway copy of the new paperback to one lucky reader!

To enter, fill out this brief form. Open to US readers only (sorry!). Ends 4/26.  For another chance, be sure to read my interview with Maryanne O'Hara.


  1. I have to second your gushing about this book! Loved it! I'm planning on going to meet the author at a book signing in April in CT and also my fiance and I are going this weekend to visit the Quabbin Reservoir that inspired the book! Hoping for good weather!!

    1. so jealous, of both events!! I wish we had a car -- I'd love to see the Quabbin Reservoir. Share pics!

    2. Heather, I am so delighted to hear that you are going to visit the Quabbin because of my book! Be sure to pop into the Visitor's Center and get a map. Of course, you will go to the Enfield Overlook, but down past it, there are some old roads.. .one goes past old foundations, the other goes right into the water (I'm walking on them in my book trailer).

      There's an amazing bakery called 32 Rose, nearby, which has marvelous homemade breads--sandwiches, etc, and a wine and beer license. I look forward to meeting you in CT!

      And Audra, thank you, as always. It's wonderful when smart readers like you 'get' what our books attempt to convey.

  2. Would it be impolite to give a different opinion of CASCADE? I read this, also.

    Yes, this is a gorgeously written novel and would be good for the reader who likes well-written romances that are far and away better than most books called romances. CASCADE has a story that does not depend on descriptions of sexual gymnastics.

    However, I wanted again and again to skip through paragraphs and pages. A couple times I even considered giving up on the book entirely. That is because O'Hara makes the common mistake of what I call "too much rumination."

    The main character, Dez (Desdemona Hart), thinks, at length, too much. If the purpose of a novel is to capture and hold a reader's attention, to entertain them, CASCADE wanders from that intention too often with excessive narration.

    Besides, Dez is detestable. She marries a good-looking successful pharmacist, Asa, just so she and her father have a home. At her every mean and selfish act, Asa forgives, even goes out of his way to be kind. How could she not love someone like that? Instead, she chases after another man.

    1. We've chatted a bit about our disagreement on this book -- I definitely loathe some novels that others adore -- but alas, I can't say one cross word about this book! :)

      It just hit the right notes for me -- and the rumination you didn't like was actually my favorite part! (As I said to the commenter below, I'm actually in love with O'Hara's writing style -- I still think about it and study her writing -- it left me breathless!)

  3. I loved this novel. The writing is amazing and O'Hara created a world that you can get lost in. As a MA resident, I also love novels set in the state, which first attracted me to this story. What made me fall in love with it was the rich characters and engrossing plot.

    I definitely disagree that the characters ruminates too much. Then again, I don't read a novel purely to be entertained, but rather I read to learn more, understand deeper, and to find commonalities of human nature despite our individual struggles. I don't think a character can ruminate TOO much when it is really showing us, as the reader, her mindset. Can it be too much when we are continually learning more about her as a character?

    I did not find Dez detestable at all. One of the central struggles in the novel is the challenge between doing what we should/need to and doing what we desire. Some can simplify her actions as "mean" but Dez wasn't just deciding things based on her own well being. The very point of the issue is that we can't just choose who we love. We can't look at a situation that looks good for us and make our hearts embrace it. Humanity isn't made that way, and hence, we struggle with the inner battle that O'Hara highlighted so well with us. By showing us so much of Dez's thoughts and reflections I felt that she helped me to really connect and empathize with Dez. I felt those passages were really valuable and added a lot to the novel.

    I loved the book and I, too, will be planning a Quabbin trip!

    1. YES! Pretty much all this! (You need to start a book blog!) Being with Dez was huge in helping me 'get' her -- her struggle with her marriage, her identity as an artist first, her reasons for falling for another man -- and I just loved O'Hara's writing style. (Honestly, I study this novel the way some people study Hemingway!)

  4. As another MA local, I love reading books set in my area! And the above conversation has piqued my interest even more! I love @Look on my pages comments and will keep them in mind as I read!

  5. I have not had a chance to pick up a copy of 'Cascade', but I have read a lot of good reviews about it. I have to say, that the cover is what first caught my attention- beautiful!

  6. I would so like to read this novel it sounds wonderful. I also like the MA connection.


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