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Valerie Martin

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Major new novel from the 2003 Orange Prize-winning author of PROPERTY.

Toby and Salome are a young, modern couple living in New York, but their backgrounds are worlds apart. He is a middle-class all-American boy from a family of academics; she is a Croatian refugee raised in New Orleans.

When Salome unexpectedly becomes pregnant, they decide to spend their lives together and hastily marry. But finding a way to reconcile their families and pasts proves a difficult task. Toby's mother's deep-seated mistrust of Salome causes tension, leaving her unable to accept her new daughter-in-law.

But Salome' s past, full of dangerous secrets, is more horrifying than any of them could imagine - and the violence that destroyed her homeland is far from over...

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Praise for Trespass

  • A masterly tale of transgresson, acceptance, diplomacy, war, class conflict, love, forgiveness and jealousy...... the journey is povocative and exhilarating. - THE TIMES - Sarah Emily Miano

  • Martin's writing is crisp and delicate - METRO - Zena Alkayat

  • resonant and rewarding - SUNDAY TIMES

  • Melancholy seeps into this novel - thoughtful, outstanding and sometimes hopeful story of love, pain and uncertainty. Trespass is a very worthy follower to Property. - THE HERALD - Jo Skailes

  • TRESPASS is a beautifully constructed, richly textured and elegantly written novel. - THE DAILY TELEGRAPH - Michael Arditti

  • Valerie Martin's talent for showing how the meanderings of day-to-day thoughts shape lives is at once authentic and powerfully ironic. - WATERSTONE'S BOOKS QUARTERLY - Charlotte Norman

  • Valerie Martin writes beautifully and this novel is often moving and heartfelt.' - THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH - Jessica Mann

  • TRESPASS is exquisitely balanced between a family story and a novel of ideas. - THE SCOTSMAN - David Robinson

  • Valerie Martin elegantly combines the menace of physical, emotional and ethical trespass in this penetrating novel, whose serene echoes of Ian McEwan's SATURDAY are punctured by visceral dispatches from the Balkans war. - THE FINANCIAL TIMES - James Urquhart

  • An absorbing, if at times unsettling, look at the way violence can creep unannounced into your life at any time - DAILY MAIL

  • This lucid, beautifully written novel explores ideas of territory and ownership to great effect - DAILY TELEGRAPH

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Valerie Martin

Valerie Martin is one of America's finest contemporary novelists, best known for her Orange Prize-winning Property and also the acclaimed Mary Reilly, which was filmed by Stephen Frears. Her most recent novel, her tenth, is The Ghost of the Mary Celeste.

She is the author of three collections of short stories and Salvation, a biography of St Francis.