Wednesday, July 31, 2024 - 5:15pm

Join bookseller, Karin Barker, for a discussion of "The Frozen River," the latest novel from New York Times bestselling author Ariel Lawhon, inspired by the Pulitzer Prize winning diaries of Martha Ballard, a renowned 18th -century midwife who finds herself at the center of a shocking murder that unhinges her small community of Hallowell, Maine. Karin and book club members will meet in-person at 5:15 for this discussion, then at 6:00, Ariel Lawhon will Zoom into the book club for a Q&A session, so come with some great questions in mind!

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Ariel Lawhon is a critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author of historical fiction. Her books have been translated in numerous languages and have been Library Reads, One Book One County, Indie Next, Costco, Amazon Spotlight, and Book of the Month Club selections. She lives in the rolling hills outside Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and four sons. Ariel splits her time between the grocery store and the baseball field.

Lawhon’s latest sweeping historical mystery, THE FROZEN RIVER, plunges us into the early morning hours of November 1789. Local midwife and healer Martha Ballard has just finished delivering a baby when she’s called to examine a body found in the Kennebec River. Martha instantly recognizes the body—it belongs to one of two men accused of having assaulted her friend Rebecca Foster. Unfortunately, the other man accused is local judge Joseph North—who is dead set on discrediting Martha and Rebecca’s account. When the townspeople begin to point fingers as to who is to blame for Burgess’s murder, Martha’s son falls under suspicion and it becomes clear that to save him, she might have to track down the killer herself. As the wheels of justice turns, Martha bears witness and must fight against the puritanical forces that will stop at nothing to tear her family apart.

Extensively researched and gripping until the last page, Lawhon expertly paints a picture of a community of recent immigrants making a life in an unforgiving landscape as public opinion shifts over the course of the unfolding trial. This novel is Lawhon’s most beautifully written yet, bringing to life the sting of the frigid Maine air, warmth of the homesteaders’ fur cloaks, and herbal fumes of the tonics Martha brews. Readers will alternate between swooning at Lawhon’s portrait of Martha’s storybook marriage and ache for her to find the justice she so desperately seeks, while Martha’s keen observations about parenting, regret, and love ring with a bright contemporary resonance.


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ISBN: 9780385546874
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday - December 5th, 2023