Compelling and heartfelt, Author Katie O’Rouke’s novels are family sagas with overlapping characters, that are all connected. O’Rourke explores these interwoven relationships with kindness and an insight that are always a pleasure to read. The stories in these books exist on their own and can be read in any order, independently from each other. Enjoy!

Blood & Water
by Katie O’Rourke
4.4 Stars (6 Reviews)
Genre: Literature & Fiction | Literary Fiction | Family Life

Tucson, Arizona is a place for runaways. Everyone you meet here came from somewhere else and has a story about what they left behind. Blood & Water tells these stories in five alternating first-person narratives: a young mother named Ally, the deliberately childless Tim and Sara, single dad David with a college-bound daughter and David’s little sister, Delilah, who shows up on his doorstep with a secret.

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A Long Thaw
by Katie O’Rourke
3.9 Stars (29 Reviews)
Genre: Literature & Fiction | Teen & Young Adult | Literary Fiction | Family Life

A multi-generational story about the power of secrets and the unbreakable bonds of family.

A Long Thaw is about two female cousins who were close as children and reconnect as adults. Abby and Juliet were born into one big, close, Catholic family. But the divorce of Juliet’s parents fragments this family and sends the girls in very different directions.

Juliet grows up too quickly, on the west coast, forced to be responsible for her younger sisters as well as an alcoholic, single mother. On the east coast, Abby grows up a pampered, sheltered only child. As women, they try to mend the rift and come to terms with the way their shared history connects them in spite of the years apart.

This book has been published traditionally and I’m rereleasing it on my own.

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Finding Charlie
by Katie O’Rourke
3.9 Stars (101 Reviews)
Genre: Literary Fiction | Literature & Fiction


It isn’t like Charlie to stay out all night without calling, but maybe Olivia doesn’t know her little sister as well as she thought.

When Charlie vanishes without warning, the people who love her are worried sick. Even if the law considers her an adult at nineteen, Charlie’s still the baby of her already broken family. Older sister Olivia is determined to figure out what’s happened. She finds a lost cell phone, an abandoned car and a shady boyfriend she’s never met before. And he’s not the only secret Charlie’s been keeping.

This disappearance feels uncomfortably familiar, reminding Olivia and her father of another loss years before. But this will be different, Olivia swears. Charlie’s coming back.

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Still Life: and other stories
by Katie O’Rourke
Genre: Literature & Fiction | Short Stories | Coming of Age

FREE for a limited time

This collection of short stories is about young women negotiating their roles in family, love, and the world at large. I’ve also included an excerpt of my upcoming novel, Finding Charlie.

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Monsoon Season
by Katie O’Rourke
4.6 Stars (20 Reviews)
Genre: Literature & Fiction | Coming of Age | Contemporary Fiction

Riley refuses to call herself a battered woman – she doesn’t fit the profile.

When her boyfriend Ben hits her, she doesn’t know what to call it. She does know to pack her things and run to the one place that feels safe – home. Riley discovers she’s pregnant and her emotions become tangled. She can’t shake the fact that she’s still in love with Ben…
A horrific accident then turns Riley’s world even more upside down, forcing her to accept help from those around her. Before she can begin to heal, she must learn the difference between being independent and being alone.

A gripping emotional drama, perfect for fans of Anne Tyler and Anita Shreve.

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