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Shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award 2013

Chosen for Richard and Judy Summer Book Club 2013

Out Now in Paperback

About the Book

A heartbreaking love story, This Is How It Ends is set in the winter of 2008. The novel tells the story of two people who collide with each other just as the whole world seems to be caught between the drama of Obama's election and the catastrophic collapse of the global economy.

Bruno is a middle-aged American banker who has come to Ireland as a refugee from the financial meltdown in his own country. Addie is an out of work Irish architect. When she meets Bruno, her life seems to be on a downward spiral.

Addie and Bruno's story is a story of nationality and identity, of the power of optimism to defeat despair and the unstoppable march of time. It's the story of two people who find joy together when they were least expecting it. It's about family and dogs and swimming in the sea. It's about the past and the future and the elusive skill of living in the moment... read more

News & Events

Monday 9 September 2013

Short Story in Image Magazine - October 2013


"....Mac Mahon quickly reaches the unadorned essence of her characters."

Paddy Kehoe, RTE Guide

Mac Mahon has " extraordinary gift and a voice that is entirely her own."
Edel Coffey, Irish Independent

'Every year, there's one book that causes a real stir - and MacMahon's debut is 2012's book ... it has "future classic" written all over it'

"when you have long forgotten other fictional lovers, there is something about Addie and Bruno, their past and their world, that will not go away." 
Maeve Binchy, author in Irish Times Review

I was moved by This Is How It Ends, a tender -
but never sentimental - story of unlikely love. 
Catherine O'Flynn

'MacMahon's prose fizzes from page one ... She has perfect control of tone and a gift for piercing metaphor. I predict a glittering future. 
The Express 

"Is MacMahon the new Donoghue, capable of winning plaudits from critics and sales from readers eager to see their own lives reflected in fiction? Id have to say yes"
Nadine O'Regan, Sunday Business Post 

I defy anyone to read this glorious novel without yearning to be part of it. 
Australian Coast to Coast Country Style

'Tipped as the publishing debut of the year ... The force of it takes you by stealth until you realise, as you read the final chapters, you're swallowing furiously, to keep down the lump in your throat.'

"...she achieves something close to perfection."
Lorraine Courtney, Sunday Independent

This is how it Ends