Molly McCloskey was born in Philadelphia and grew up in North Carolina and Oregon. In 1989, she moved to Ireland, spending ten years on the west coast before moving to Dublin. She is the author of two short story collections, Solomon’s Seal and The Beautiful Changes, and a novel, Protection. Her first work of non-fiction, Circles Around the Sun: In Search of a Lost Brother, appeared in 2011. Her new novel, Straying (2018), is published in the US by Scribner and by Penguin in the UK and Ireland, where it appeared as When Light is Like Water.
Her work has appeared in the Irish Times, the Dublin Review, the Guardian, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She has taught writing at universities in Ireland and the US, serving as Writer-in-residence at Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, and George Washington University in Washington, DC. She has also worked in the field of international development in the UN’s Kenya-based Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs for Somalia. She currently lives in Washington, DC, and recently served as a judge for the DC-based PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.