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

av Ariel Lawhon (Författare)

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Fiction. Literature. Mystery. Historical Fiction. HTML:GMA BOOK CLUB PICK  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
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The Frozen River av Ariel Lawhon (2023)

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A fictionalized account of the life of Martha Ballard, a midwife in colonial America. There is also a murder mystery with a twist. ( )
  Deelightful | Jul 11, 2024 |
I was worried this was going to turn out horribly since it's based on true events, and real life never turns out right. I was pleasantly surprised with this, and then learned what actually happened in the author's note and was thankful for her choices.
This is excellent historical fiction, woman focused, exciting, heartbreaking, tender. ( )
  KallieGrace | Jul 10, 2024 |
Although The Frozen River by Ariel Lawhon is not my typical type of book, I wanted to see why it was the most checked-out book of the year at my library. Based on the real-life, 18th-century midwife, Martha Ballard, who kept a detailed journal of her life, Lawhon fleshes out the events of winter 1790 in a small town on the Kennebec River in Maine. For me, the book dragged with too many details — like many books these days a good edit would have done wonders — but I see the general appeal for many readers of a strong female lead, solid plot line, and interesting historical facts. ( )
  Hccpsk | Jul 7, 2024 |
A friend recommended The Frozen River a while back, so I suggested that my book club read it. We gravitate towards biographical fiction featuring strong female characters, and this novel by Ariel Lawhon fit the bill. Told in first person narrative, the story revolves around real life Martha Ballard and her duties as a midwife. Martha Ballard was a renowned 18th century midwife and, uncharacteristically for the time period, left behind her day book or diary filled not only with her life, but those of her neighbors. Her influence carried down throughout the decades. (Google her for fascinating history.) Lawhon fictionalizes a good bit of the story, per her Author’s Notes, but all is very plausible given the time and place in which she lived. The historical framework was well-researched and included a lot of things my group found intriguing. Characters are well-developed and believable — though there are some you are going to hate! There’s a mystery that begins at the beginning and culminates with justice that was unexpected. Again, it’s fictional, but we liked to think that what man was reluctant to mete out, a woman could and did. Please note that this is a general market offering. There’s a lot of adult stuff!

I liked The Frozen River very much. Read it first, then explore the rest of the story later.

Recommended.

Good for Book Clubs.

Audience: Adults.

(I purchased the ebook version from Amazon. All opinions expressed are mine alone.) ( )
  vintagebeckie | Jun 25, 2024 |
A body is found in the ice, and local midwife Martha Ballard is called to examine it. She knows it's murder - there's evidence the man, Joshua Burgess, was hung - but another physician immediately contradicts her findings. To complicated matters, Joshua and another man, a respected judge who has a lot of clout in the small community of Kennebec, stands accused of raping Rebecca Foster, the wife of the recently dismissed minister in town who himself is suing to get the remainder of his fee.

It's been awhile since I read such an immersive book. I found myself reluctant to put down this story and eager to pick it up again when I could. There's a claustrophobia in this small, gossipy town in the winter of 1789 when the river froze and many days that Martha wasn't birthing babies, she is at home. But she's also a respected woman in the community and knows many folks' secrets. The mystery itself takes a back seat to the historical details of midwifery and legal proceedings in the newly fledged United States, but these never overwhelm the story of a community and the double standards in the expected behavior of men and women. Ballard herself was a real midwife who really kept a day book, and Lawhon does an excellent job of bringing her to life and imagining a mystery she might have investigated. The author's note - which she warns you in the beginning not to look at 'til you've finished - breaks down fact from fiction thoroughly. I'm really looking forward now to turning to the nonfiction account in "A Midwife's Tale" by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. ( )
  bell7 | Jun 19, 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)
 
If you enjoy historical novels with rich stories and strong character development, you definitely want to experience The Frozen River. The audiobook format enriches the already incredible story and you feel as though you are along with Hope on her journey to Silver Lake......
 
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Fiction. Literature. Mystery. Historical Fiction. HTML:GMA BOOK CLUB PICK  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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