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The Donoghue Girl

The Donoghue Girl


Historical Fiction
Pub date: September 19, 2024
5 x 8.5 in | 322 pgs
Trade Paperback: 9781988989846
ePub: 9781988989853



The Donahue Girl transports readers to a Northern Ontario mining town in the late 1930s. Cinematic in scope, as well as emotionally intimate, Fahner’s debut novel is a moving portrayal of the Donahues, an Irish Catholic family, with special focus on middle sister Lizzie, the “feisty” one. This passionate and beautifully written story explores the challenges that arise in family dynamics, often blurring the line between actions unbidden and by choice. Filled with cutting insights and astute observations, this is a gorgeous read.”

—Catherine Graham, author of Quarry and The Most Cunning Heart


Longing for a life bigger than the one she inhabits, Lizzie Donoghue thinks she’s found a simple escape route in Michael Power, but soon discovers that she might have been mistaken… The Donoghue Girl is the story of Lizzie Donoghue, the spirited daughter of Irish immigrants who desperately wants to not only escape Creighton—the Northern Ontario mining town where her family runs a general store—but also the oppressive confines of twentieth-century patriarchy.


About the Author

Kim Fahner lives and writes in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. She has published two chapbooks, You Must Imagine the Cold Here (Scrivener, 1997) and Fault Lines and Shatter Cones (Emergency Flash Mob Press, 2023), as well as five full books of poetry, including: braille on water (Penumbra Press, 2001), The Narcoleptic Madonna (Penumbra Press, 2012), Some Other Sky (Black Moss Press, 2017), These Wings (Pedlar Press, 2019), and Emptying the Ocean (Frontenac House, 2022). Kim is the First Vice-Chair of The Writers' Union of Canada (2023-25), a full member of the League of Canadian Poets, and a supporting member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada. She was Poet Laureate for the City of Greater Sudbury from 2016-18.

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