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Author's Name:Martin, Valerie
Publisher : (Doubleday/ Nan A. Talese)
Subject:Fiction (complete list)
Synopsis:Valerie Martin (Doubleday/Nan A. Talese)
Valerie Martin has spent a lifetime writing books of different genres, stretching herself around the world. Her two most blazingly successful books remain novels clearly set in history: MARY REILLY, first published in 1990, enjoyed no fewer than 25 foreign sales. Years later, in 2003, the distinctly American novel, PROPERTY, garnered a more modest ten foreign sales but won The Orange Prize in lovely compensation. The last couple of books that Valerie has written have been largely contemporary and “American”.

Until now: the arrival of THE GHOST OF THE MARY CELESTE, to be published by Nan Talese. Like David Mitchell's CLOUD ATLAS, Valerie's latest novel is brilliant, muscular, confounding, maddening, compelling on every page. Like the best and most recent of Hilary Mantel, Valerie writes with a fetching, beguiling voice, as modern and sturdy as anything celebrated in recent prize-winning literature…

In 1872, the British ship Dei Gratia steered into Gibraltar, having in tow the long-lost “ghost ship”, THE MARY CELESTE. Upon the empty ship’s discovery, not a single trace remained of the former passengers. There was no sign of piracy, no sign of violence, and the barrels of grain alcohol, that the ship was transporting, were completely undisturbed. To this very day, the mystery remains unsolved. Perhaps the most famous theorists of the time was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, whose first published story was a short fictionalized account of this mystery twelve years after the ship’s disappearance. THE GHOST OF THE MARY CELESTE is an astonishing story about the anomalies of nature, our sustained fascination with the afterlife, and the precarious balance between truth and fiction.
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