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Valerie Martin

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Croatia, New York, Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Refugees & political asylum, Family & relationships

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

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

  • resonant and rewarding - SUNDAY TIMES

  • 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 the author of two collections of short fiction, seven novels, and a biography of St. Francis of Assisi, SALVATION.

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