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James Conroyd Martin

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James Conroyd Martin is the author of Push Not the River, a novel based on the diary of Anna Berezowska, a Polish countess who lived through the rise and fall of the Third of May Constitution. After working on the project for some years without raising interest within the publishing community, Martin self-published in 2001. Just one year later, St. Martin’s Press purchased the book and released a hard cover edition in September 2003. Polish and German rights sold almost immediately.

The Polish edition, Nie ponaglaj rzeki, was released in May of 2005, became a bestseller and sold out in a matter of months. Anna's story had come full circle: Polish to English to Polish! Pod purpurowym niebem, the translation of Against a Crimson Sky,also beca...more

Average rating: 3.91 · 1,277 ratings · 259 reviews · 3 distinct works · Similar authors
Push Not the River
3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 954 ratings — published 2000 — 13 editions
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Against a Crimson Sky: A Novel
3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 275 ratings — published 2006 — 4 editions
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The Warsaw Conspiracy
3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 48 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions
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“What is past, one cannot change,
so each backward glance is a bit of the present slipping away.”
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“Sometimes you must put yourself in the way of destiny.”
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“Wherever you go, you can never leave yourself behind.”
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James Martin Beth wrote: "Hi James,
Thanks for befriending this fellow writer on Goodreads!
- Beth"

You're welcome, Beth. Still rather unsure how to navigate around here. Hope to spend some time here when the school year is over. Best, Jim

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Beth Hi James,
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