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A captivating, atmospheric return to historical fiction that is every bit as convincing and engrossing as Martin's landmark "Mary Reilly."
In 1872 the American merchant vessel "Mary Celeste" was discovered adrift off the coast of Spain. Her cargo was intact and there was no sign of struggle, but the crew was gone. They were never found.
This maritime mystery lies at the center of an intricate narrative branching through the highest levels of late-nineteenth-century literary society. While on a voyage to Africa, a rather hard-up and unproven young writer named Arthur Conan Doyle hears of the "Mary Celeste" and decides to write an outlandish short story about what took place. This story causes quite a sensation back in the United States, particularly between sought-after Philadelphia spiritualist medium Violet Petra and a rational-minded journalist named Phoebe Grant, who is seeking to expose Petra as a fraud. Then there is the family of the "Mary Celeste"'s captain, a family linked to the sea for generations and marked repeatedly by tragedy. Each member of this ensemble cast holds a critical piece to the puzzle of the "Mary Celeste."
These three elements--a ship found sailing without a crew, a famous writer on the verge of enormous success, and the rise of an unorthodox and heretical religious fervor--converge in unexpected ways, in diaries, in letters, in safe harbors and rough seas. In a haunted, death-obsessed age, a ghost ship appearing in the mist is by turns a provocative mystery, an inspiration to creativity, and a tragic story of the disappearance of a family and of a bond between husband and wife that, for one moment, transcends the impenetrable barrier of death.
Title: The Ghost of the Mary Celeste
Publisher: New York, Nan A. Talese: 2014
ISBN Number: 0385533500
ISBN Number 13: 9780385533508
Book Condition: As new
Jacket Condition: as new Jacket
Item: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: 0001521
Description: 306pp. 8vo. Signed neatly by the author under her printed name on the title page, book has a complete number line from 1-10, it is a stated first edition, is unread, unclipped, unmarked, clean, tight, and the jacket is Brodart protected. Yann Martel says in his jacket blurb that "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 and another we're in the pages of a diary....[it] offers readers a riveting cast and evocative prose."