Advance Praise for Orla's Canvas,

Coming in 2015 from Penmore Press

"In Orla's Canvas, Mary Donnarumma Sharnick, paints a luminous portrait of a small Louisiana town struggling with the need to change. Young Orla views the world with the sensitivity and sensibility of the painter that she is, looking long and hard at the people she often loves but does not understand. Sharnick writes unstintingly about race and class and the violence we perpetuate in both large and small ways every day. Ultimately, though, this story, Orla’s story, is about the great power of love and art. Read this book and be prepared to have your heart and soul expanded." — Rachel Basch, author of The Listener

"Taking as her canvas the Civil Rights era in Louisiana, Mary Donnarumma Sharnick tells the affecting story of Orla, a remarkable young heroine with the soul of an artist. The novel is both a gripping look into a historic moment in American culture, and a poignant coming of age story readers won't forget." Chantel Acevedo, author of The Distant Marvels.

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"Beautifully written, the story draws you in as the author dazzles her readers with just the right blend of imagination and fact.  A must read." Raeleen Mautner, PhD Author of Lemons into Limoncello:  From Loss to Personal Renaissance with the Zest of Italy

“An impressive exploration of the social, political, religious, and sexual mores of that long-ago time, Plagued is a must-read for any lover of historical fiction.” Marla Truini Winner of the 2014 Frank McCourt Prize   

"A sexy historical set in Venice. Murder! Intrigue! I love it so hard." Chantel Acevedo, Editor of Southern Humanities Review, Winner of the 2012 Doris Bakwin Award, Author of Love and Ghost Letters, A Falling Star, and The Distant Marvels       

"If you ever wanted to know more about the beauties of Venice, about the cross-pollination of religious and political cultures that built its canals and its power as a trading post, about the role of the Church in creating both its triumphs and its tragedies, you must read Thirst."   Theresa Vara-Dannen, Ph.D., Author of The African-American Experience in Nineteenth Century Connecticut and Profligate with Love