A debut novel about the passionate loves and tragic losses of six generations of women in a family of firefighters, spanning from famine-era Ireland to Brooklyn a decade after 9/11.

One of Brooklyn Magazine‘s “100 Books to Read for the Rest of 2016”

One of BookRiot’s “100 Must-Read New York City Novels”

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“Her depiction of 9/11 is by far one of the best fiction accounts of that terrible day in which 343 members of the FDNY perished… Her novel is a moving testament to the men and women who risk their lives every day.”

— Publisher’s Weekly

“This riveting first novel takes readers from the 19th-century Irish potato famine to 21st-century New York City through the lives of six generations of women in an Irish American family of firefighters…Adding to the book’s power are the authentic Brooklyn details, making the borough a compelling character in itself. That the author grew up in such a family makes her work that much more realized with strongly developed supporting characters, gritty realism, and a non-Hollywood-style ending. VERDICT Admirers of Pete Hamill and Kate Atkinson will appreciate this gripping and intimate novel, as well as those who want an absorbing multigenerational read.”

— Library Journal, Starred review

“Her characters navigate turbulent historical events, including the Irish potato famine and the devastation of 9/11, and Donohoe vividly brings each period to life. But the novel’s special strength lies in the quiet moments between characters: intimate exchanges and daily decisions that often ignite far-reaching changes in their lives. Family, love and legacy are complicated entities, and Donohoe skillfully portrays her protagonists’ struggle with each.”SHELF AWARENESS

“Kathleen Donohoe must have had to assimilate the entire postwar history of the Irish on both sides of the Atlantic to produce such a remarkably authentic portrait, rich in memorable detail, with characters that come so vividly to life one forgets one is reading a novel.”

— Matthew Thomas, author of We Are Not Ourselves

“Though Ashes of Fiery Weather spans more than a century and two continents, there is an intimacy shared by the many women we meet in these pages, and that bond is the life force of the book. With Alice McDermott’s eye for the nuances of Irish Catholic family life, and Dennis Lehane’s gritty realism, Donohoe welcomes us into a world not many get to see.”

— Mary Beth Keane, author of Fever

“Kathleen Donohoe is so natural a story-teller, one hardly realizes the enormity of her tale until it’s done and one looks up, surprised with satisfaction. Here is a rich, full novel that rolls like a song.”

— Roger Rosenblatt, author of Making Toast