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The Frozen River: A Novel av Ariel Lawhon
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The Frozen River: A Novel (urspr publ 2023; utgåvan 2023)

av Ariel Lawhon (Författare)

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Fiction. Literature. Mystery. Historical Fiction. HTML:AN NPR BOOK OF THE YEAR  From the New York Times bestselling author of I Was Anastasia and Code Name Hlne comes a gripping historical mystery inspired by the life and diary of Martha Ballard, a renowned 18th-century midwife who defied the legal system and wrote herself into American history.
"Fans of Outlanders Claire Fraser will enjoy Lawhons Martha, who is brave and outspoken when it comes to protecting the innocent. . . impressive."The Washington Post
"Once again, Lawhon works storytelling magic with a real-life heroine." People Magazine

Maine, 1789: When the Kennebec River freezes, entombing a man in the ice, Martha Ballard is summoned to examine the body and determine cause of death. As a midwife and healer, she is privy to much of what goes on behind closed doors in Hallowell. Her diary is a record of every birth and death, crime and debacle that unfolds in the close-knit community. Months earlier, Martha documented the details of an alleged rape committed by two of the towns most respected gentlemenone of whom has now been found dead in the ice. But when a local physician undermines her conclusion, declaring the death to be an accident, Martha is forced to investigate the shocking murder on her own.
Over the course of one winter, as the trial nears, and whispers and prejudices mount, Martha doggedly pursues the truth. Her diary soon lands at the center of the scandal, implicating those she loves, and compelling Martha to decide where her own loyalties lie.
Clever, layered, and subversive, Ariel Lawhons newest offering introduces an unsung heroine who refused to accept anything less than justice at a time when women were considered best seen and not heard. The Frozen River is a thrilling, tense, and tender story about a remarkable woman who left an unparalleled legacy yet remains nearly forgotten to this day.
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Titel:The Frozen River: A Novel
Författare:Ariel Lawhon (Författare)
Info:Doubleday (2023), Edition: First Edition, 448 pages
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The Frozen River av Ariel Lawhon (2023)

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WONDERFUL HISTORICAL BIOGRAPHY STORY! ( )
  TrishLittle | May 20, 2024 |
Martha Ballard, a midwife and mother, is asked to view a body cut out of the frozen river. She knows the victim and is happy he is dead but his death looks suspiciously like he was hung before being thrown into the frozen river. Thus begins our mystery and a dive into the poor justice system of the time concerning rape, property rights and the general problems of a small community struggling to deal with right and wrong. As I listened to this very good audio version I did get confused with the many characters, their bias, alibi, and relationships. I enjoyed the description of life in 1789, courtship and marriage, and details of midwifery. Recommend. ( )
  bblum | Apr 28, 2024 |
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  BurlingtonComLibrary | Apr 20, 2024 |
Very good book. Takes place in Maine on the Kennebec River. ( )
  Ferg.ma | Apr 13, 2024 |
This book was just so good. I love the strong woman character and she was just so smart and powerful in a mature way. This book also made me so frustrated with how the men treated women and that they weren't able to do so many things. If a woman was pregnant out of wedlock, it's basically her fault and there was a court thing. It was just crazy, because this was based on true events. I LOVED the author's afterward where she talks about where she got the idea and what was real and what wasn't. Really cool. And that she was in a doctor's office and happened to see something about Martha in a magazine or something. And if the doctor wasn't late, and she didn't see that, then there wouldn't have been a book. Anyway, the book was amazing. SPOILER: And at the end, where she cut off the judge's dick when he tried to rape her...soooo good. The book made you hate the judge SO MUCH and his character was such an asshole that when she did that, and got away with it...just winning. Really good book and makes me want to check out other books by this author! ( )
  Mav-n-Libby | Apr 12, 2024 |
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Ariel Lawhon’s expertly researched and immediately gripping The Frozen River transports readers to 1789 Maine, where a midwife must solve a murder to get justice for both a rape survivor and the deceased.... This historical mystery explores the inner lives and societal pressures of women in colonial America with nuance and complexity.... Atmospheric, unique and elegantly written, The Frozen River will satisfy mystery lovers and historical fiction enthusiasts alike.
tillagd av Lemeritus | ändraBookPage, Elyse Discher (Dec 4, 2023)
 
The narrator of Ariel Lawhon’s THE FROZEN RIVER is another stalwart heroine. Delicate ladies don’t do well in the rough-and-tumble frontier settlements of Maine, as a local midwife, Martha Ballard, knows all too well. Her story begins in 1789 with the discovery of a murder victim in the icebound Kennebec River, but it quickly expands to include a nasty legal case involving the pastor’s young wife and a powerful judge whose machinations threaten both the cohesion of this nascent community and the Ballards’ tenure on the land where they’ve erected a mill.
tillagd av Lemeritus | ändraNew York Times, Alida Becker (betalvägg) (Dec 1, 2023)
 
Lawhon (Code Name Hélène) draws from the diary of an 18th-century midwife for the stirring story of one woman’s quest for justice. In 1789 Maine, 54-year-old midwife Martha Ballard is asked to help determine the cause of death for Joshua Burgess, an accused rapist whose body was found frozen in the river.... Lawhon combines modern prose with the immediacy of her source material, making for an accessible and textured narrative. This accomplished historical powerfully speaks to centuries-old inequities that remain in the present day.
tillagd av Lemeritus | ändraPublisher's Weekly (Aug 30, 2023)
 
When a man accused of rape turns up dead, an Early American town seeks justice amid rumors and controversy. Lawhon’s fifth work of historical fiction is inspired by the true story and diaries of midwife Martha Ballard of Hallowell, Maine, a character she brings to life brilliantly here.... As she did with Nancy Wake in Code Name Hélène (2020), Lawhon creates a stirring portrait of a real-life heroine and, as in all her books, includes an endnote with detailed background. A vivid, exciting page-turner from one of our most interesting authors of historical fiction.
tillagd av Lemeritus | ändraKirkus Reviews (Aug 12, 2023)
 
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My sister let me witness the miracle.
My husband sat beside me and held my hand.
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Memory is a wicked thing that warps and twists. But paper and ink receive the truth without emotion, and they read it back without partiality.
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Fiction. Literature. Mystery. Historical Fiction. HTML:AN NPR BOOK OF THE YEAR  From the New York Times bestselling author of I Was Anastasia and Code Name Hlne comes a gripping historical mystery inspired by the life and diary of Martha Ballard, a renowned 18th-century midwife who defied the legal system and wrote herself into American history.
"Fans of Outlanders Claire Fraser will enjoy Lawhons Martha, who is brave and outspoken when it comes to protecting the innocent. . . impressive."The Washington Post
"Once again, Lawhon works storytelling magic with a real-life heroine." People Magazine

Maine, 1789: When the Kennebec River freezes, entombing a man in the ice, Martha Ballard is summoned to examine the body and determine cause of death. As a midwife and healer, she is privy to much of what goes on behind closed doors in Hallowell. Her diary is a record of every birth and death, crime and debacle that unfolds in the close-knit community. Months earlier, Martha documented the details of an alleged rape committed by two of the towns most respected gentlemenone of whom has now been found dead in the ice. But when a local physician undermines her conclusion, declaring the death to be an accident, Martha is forced to investigate the shocking murder on her own.
Over the course of one winter, as the trial nears, and whispers and prejudices mount, Martha doggedly pursues the truth. Her diary soon lands at the center of the scandal, implicating those she loves, and compelling Martha to decide where her own loyalties lie.
Clever, layered, and subversive, Ariel Lawhons newest offering introduces an unsung heroine who refused to accept anything less than justice at a time when women were considered best seen and not heard. The Frozen River is a thrilling, tense, and tender story about a remarkable woman who left an unparalleled legacy yet remains nearly forgotten to this day.

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