My friend, writer Mary Mullen, is moving back to the States after eighteen years in Ireland. She will be sorely missed in our writing group The Peers - we had her farewell meeting last Saturday in Dublin and it is odd to contemplate the group without her in it. She is a big-hearted, talented and warm woman, we will all miss her.
I gave Mary an ARC of Miss Emily as a parting gift and she has blogged about it, and her leavetaking, here. It's a moving, special blogpost and means a lot to me. Brought a tear to my eye. Thanks a million, Mary - for everything.