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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 I got to my isolated cabin very late, had a cold supper, and went straight to bed. I was awakened just at dawn by a text message that read: "Your back…moreI got to my isolated cabin very late, had a cold supper, and went straight to bed. I was awakened just at dawn by a text message that read: "Your back door is unlocked."(less)
Valerie Martin After some thought I choose Ivan Andreich Laevsky and Nadezhda Fyodorovna in Anton Chekhov's masterpiece "The Duel." Nadezhda has run away from her ma…moreAfter some thought I choose Ivan Andreich Laevsky and Nadezhda Fyodorovna in Anton Chekhov's masterpiece "The Duel." Nadezhda has run away from her marriage to be with Laevsky, an indifferent public servant, and they have begun their socially unacceptable union in the sunny Caucasus. Laevsky imagines it will be an idyllic setting but quickly comes to despise the town and everyone in it. Nadezhda is befriended by condescending socialites who talk about her behind her back. Everything is against this couple, and they are both weak, lazy, and self-indulgent. Laevsky wants to desert Nadezhda. She haphazardly enters an affair with a local police official. They should fail, but the miracle is they don't. Laevsky winds up having to fight a duel to defend his honor, and returns to Nadezhda a chastened, finally honest man who quietly admits "I have no one but you." This is more a touching than a happy ending. The reader, understanding how difficult their future must be, can only wish them well.(less)
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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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