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Valerie Martin

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Valerie Martin is the author of nine 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 book Anton and Cecil, Cats at Sea, co-written with Valerie’s niece Lisa Martin, will be out from Algonquin in October of 2013.
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Valerie Martin Hello Robb Gardner, Sorry to be slow in answering, but I had trouble with this site. I'm pleased that you enjoyed Mary Reilly. About the film, I have…moreHello Robb Gardner, Sorry to be slow in answering, but I had trouble with this site. I'm pleased that you enjoyed Mary Reilly. About the film, I have mixed feelings. I like the first half - then, in my view, the film and my book part company pretty radically. I didn't have much to do with the adaptation, so I don't feel responsible or betrayed in any way. Film is a very immediate medium and the requirements are entirely different. Frears is a great director. That said, I don't think this was his best film. Thanks for your interest. Best, Valerie Martin(less)
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The Ghost of the Mary Celeste

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Trespass

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The Confessions of Edward Day

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Italian Fever

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The Great Divorce

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The Unfinished Novel and Ot...

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Sea Lovers: Selected Stories

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A Recent Martyr

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This is a link to a very well done interview about THE GHOST OF THE MARY CELESTE on Australian National Radio. This was my first time talking to a person who was actually speaking from tomorrow. An odd sensation. The interviewer assured me that tomorrow was definitely on the way.
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“He put a dark place in me and I can't forgive him for that. But it's a part of me now and how can I regret what I am - though it often makes me sad.”
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“Sex can be estranging; it can drive two otherwise compatible people apart.”
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“(M)uch as we might imagine we can leave the past behind, it has a nasty way of pressing its hoary old face against the window just as we were sitting down to the feast.”
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“The present era is so proud that it has produced a phenomenon which I imagine to be unprecedented: the present's resentment of the past, resentment because the past had the audacity to happen without us being there, without our cautious opinion and our hesitant consent, and even worse, without our gaining any advantage from it.”
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