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Martha Conway

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in Cleveland, Ohio, The United States



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Martha Conway is the author of four novels including The Underground River (Touchstone 2017), which was a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice. She's received several awards for historical fiction, including the North American Book Award. Her short fiction has been published in the Iowa Review, the Carolina Quarterly, The Quarterly, Folio, Massachusetts Review, and other journals. She teaches creative writing for Stanford University's Continuing Studies Program and UC Berkeley Extension.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Martha is one of seven sisters. She currently lives in San Francisco.

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The Kindness of Readers

DRIVING TWO-AND-A-HALF hours to get to a Book Club meeting might not seem like everyone’s cup of tea, and it’s true that my car tires seemed to touch every highway in the Bay Area in order to get there.

But greeted by enthusiastic readers and incredibly yummy food, I was grateful to have the opportunity to talk about—and listen to opinions on—my novel, The Underground River.

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This is a beautifully written novel set in antebellum America along the Ohio River, the natural division between North and South, told by a spunky, unconventional narrator: Olivia Givens.

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These are beautifully written short stories that all take place in the San Juan Islands off the state of Washington. In one, a college professor drives through the town Raymond Carver lived before having a strained vacation with her partner; in anoth ...more
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“What if you do what you think is right, for yourself or someone else, but it doesn't make a difference."

- Susanna Quiner”
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“Meera frowns. “Maybe the Little Warrior.” “Who is that?” A spirit, Meera explains, who appears in the form of a child dressed in war gear—eagle feathers and paint. “He comes to those alone in the forest to warn them of danger.” Susanna’s”
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