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MFA Faculty Sheila O'Connor Featured

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MFA faculty member Sheila O'Connor has been featured in the September 2018 issue of Edina Magazine.

The interview with Maura Keller also highlights O'Connor's latest book, Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth, published in April 2018 by Penguin Random House.

"O’Connor has a great love of story, and the discovery that takes place in the writing process. In this particular book, she was immersed in research about the Vietnam War, as well as 1968, but she was especially drawn into the research she did on conscientious objectors.

“Although most of that research didn’t end up in the book, I learned so much about conscientious objectors in both World War I and World War II, and during the war in Vietnam,” O’Connor says. “The history of conscientious objectors is a fascinating, little-known subject, and the more I learned, the more inspired I was to bring that story to life.”

O’Connor also believes in the transformative power of friendship, which was why the heart of the novel— the friendship between young Reenie Kelly and Mr. Marsworth—was most likely born out of the author’s own unlikely friendships.

“I have been the receiver of great love and wisdom from friends of all ages and backgrounds,” O’Connor says. “I think it’s that same faith in unlikely friendships that inspires Reenie Kelly to make a friend of Mr. Marsworth.”