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The Ghost of the Mary Celeste


"Fellow fans of Valerie Martin, I've got good and bad news. The good: She has a new novel on the way, The Ghost of the Mary Celeste (Nan A. Talese). The bad: You have to wait until January 28, 2014, to read it."

-The BookPage Blog  Read



The Ghost of the Mary Celeste is a wonderfully ingenious novel, compelling, convincing and exciting.

– John Banville


Valerie Martin is a writer of immense talent and insight. Her latest novel weaves a beautiful tale of loss, love and the connections that link us. One moment we're aboard the doomed ship, another we're in the pages of a diary, yet another we're looking out the window at a tragedy. The Ghost of the Mary Celeste offers readers a riveting cast and evocative prose.

– Yann Martel


Valerie Martin has written a splendid, mysterious and beautiful new novel, The Ghost of the Mary Celeste. She writes about great ocean voyages and storms that tear apart both ships and hearts. She tells a seafaring tale in the tradition of Melville, and conjures up a mystery worthy of Arthur Conan Doyle, who actually appears as a character and plays a vital role. She writes about spiritualism with both clarity and skepticism, and in Violet Petra she has created a woman for the ages.

—Pat Conroy



Excellent NYTBR review read here


Library Reads top ten books that librarians across the country love. Read here


Read Shelf Awareness review here


Read Seattle Times review here


Read Guardian (Britain) review here


Read Independent (Britain) review here


Read New Statesman (Britain) review here



Valerie Martin talks with Michael Silverblatt on BOOKWORM here



Valerie Martin talks about The Ghost of the Mary Celeste here