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Valerie Martin


Valerie Martin

Valerie Martin is the author of 10 novels, including TRESPASS, MARY REILLY, ITALIAN FEVER and PROPERTY, three collections of short fiction, and a biography of St. Francis of Assisi, titled SALVATION. She has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as the Kafka Prize (for Mary Reilly) and Britain’s Orange Prize (for Property). Martin’s last novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF EDWARD DAY, was a New York Times notable book for 2009.

A new novel, THE GHOST OF THE MARY CELESTE, is due from Nan Talese/Random House in January 2014, and a middle-grade reader ANTON AND CECIL, CATS AT SEA co-written with Valerie’s niece Lisa Martin, will be out from Algonquin in October of 2013.

Valerie Martin has taught in writing programs at Mt. Holyoke College, University of Massachusetts, and Sarah Lawrence College, among others. She resides in Dutchess County, New York and is currently Professor of English at Mt. Holyoke College.

Valerie Martin

Books by Valerie Martin

by Valerie Martin - Fiction, Historical Fiction

While on a voyage to Africa, an unproven young writer named Arthur Conan Doyle hears of the Mary Celeste and decides to write an outlandish short story about what took place. This causes quite a sensation between sought-after Philadelphia spiritualist medium Violet Petra and a rational-minded journalist named Phoebe Grant, who is seeking to expose Petra as a fraud. Then there is the family of the Mary Celeste's captain, a family linked to the sea for generations and marked repeatedly by tragedy.