Announcing the Caitlin Book

I am as delighted as I possibly can be to announce that HarperOne will be publishing my memoir, the “Caitlin book,” otherwise known as LITTLE MATCHES, in April of 2021.

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I began writing this book a little over two years ago with much encouragement from readers of this blog. Thank you. And thanks to everyone in my daily life, especially Nick, for the constant support and encouragement.

The past few years have not been easy. But with this book, our kitten gets to live a bit longer.


In the coming months, I will be sharing photos, book news, and tidbits of inspiration. To be part of that,

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“I always pull back and picture myself in time and in space geographically. It makes me removed enough to ultimately feel that there is not much I can do to change the shifts of the world, but also inspired enough to think – what is my role in this lifetime?”  



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I am the author of CASCADE and LITTLE MATCHES: A Memoir of Grief and Light

15 thoughts on “Announcing the Caitlin Book”

  1. i feel like I knew Caitlin through your blog. I live here in town and think of her often. Congrats to you for getting it on paper and thank you for sharing your story.

  2. That’s awesome! I cannot wait for this book. I can imagine how difficult it was to write but also healing. Maybe?

  3. I am so thrilled about this and will buy a copy, read it and treasure it! Love, Stephanie

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  4. Dear Maryanne,

    Congratulations on this wonderful news!

    I so look forward to reading “Little Matches”. Through the heartbreak and unimaginable pain of loss, you prove that (undying) love conquers all.

    Caitlin was a beautiful and remarkable young woman. Thank you for sharing her with us in the story of “Little Matches”.
    I’m certain that Kitten will love it, and be very proud of her mom!

  5. What wonderful news, and what a gift! I can’t wait to read it, and I’m already making a list of people I want to give it to. Now so many others will be able to learn from Caitlin and from your heartbreaking but incredible journey. Thank you for everything you put into this. xoxo, Betsy

  6. Dear Maryanne,

    This is quite special for you. I look forward to seeing it. Congratulations!


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  7. What an amazing and inspirational achievement Maryanne and a wonderful tribute to Caitlin.
    Well done to my cousin Nick for his encouragement and support.
    Love to you both.
    Eileen & Padraig

  8. Well done Maryanne a great tribute to Caitlin.Look forward to reading the Book .Love and beat wishes to you and Nick xxx❤️❤️❤️

  9. Dear Maryanne,
    It is Nanci from Pittsburgh! I met Nick and you at The Dinette a few years ago and we also attended a book club together with you presenting your book. I have stayed in touch every so often via email or your blog. Congratulations on the release of your new upcoming book, “Little Matches”, a memoir about Caitlin!👏💕. I look so forward to reading it in 2021. You are an excellent writer and with your deep and abiding love and connection you have with Caitlin, I am sure it provided you with a guiding light in the writing process. We had communicated via email that I had to retire due two lung diseases and have spent the last 1.5 years getting to a stable health era in my life for awhile. If you are ever in Pittsburgh and your schedule permits, I would love to see you for a coffee or glass of wine. I have not forgotten you or Caitlin with her journey in Pittsburgh waiting for a lung transplant. Take care and thank you for your blog as well keeping us as part of Caitlin’s and your life stories that are intertwined through the heart and through the spirit forever. Nanci♥️

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