Watermark Books & Cafe Invites You to Ariel Lawhon

Watermark Books & Café will be hosting national bestselling author Ariel Lawhon for her NPR 2023 Book of the Year and Good Morning America Book Club Pick The Frozen River on Tuesday, March 19th at 6 pm. Ariel is known for her NYT bestselling books I Was Anastasia and Code Name Hélène. She will be at Watermark to discuss her latest novel The Frozen River which is a gripping historical fiction inspired by the life and diary of Martha Ballard, a renowned 18th-century midwife who defied the legal system and wrote herself into American history. Ariel will be here to discuss her book, do a Q&A, and do a book signing. We hope to see you there! if you are interested in attending the event, RSVP on Eventbrite by using the button below. Thank you!

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About the Book:

 GMA BOOK CLUB PICK • AN NPR BOOK OF THE YEAR • From the New York Times bestselling author of I Was Anastasia and Code Name Hélène comes a gripping historical mystery inspired by the life and diary of Martha Ballard, a renowned 18th-century midwife who defied the legal system and wrote herself into American history.

"Fans of Outlander’s Claire Fraser will enjoy Lawhon’s Martha, who is brave and outspoken when it comes to protecting the innocent. . . impressive."—The Washington Post

"Once again, Lawhon works storytelling magic with a real-life heroine." —People Magazine


Maine, 1789: When the Kennebec River freezes, entombing a man in the ice, Martha Ballard is summoned to examine the body and determine cause of death. As a midwife and healer, she is privy to much of what goes on behind closed doors in Hallowell. Her diary is a record of every birth and death, crime and debacle that unfolds in the close-knit community. Months earlier, Martha documented the details of an alleged rape committed by two of the town’s most respected gentlemen—one of whom has now been found dead in the ice. But when a local physician undermines her conclusion, declaring the death to be an accident, Martha is forced to investigate the shocking murder on her own.

Over the course of one winter, as the trial nears, and whispers and prejudices mount, Martha doggedly pursues the truth. Her diary soon lands at the center of the scandal, implicating those she loves, and compelling Martha to decide where her own loyalties lie.

Clever, layered, and subversive, Ariel Lawhon’s newest offering introduces an unsung heroine who refused to accept anything less than justice at a time when women were considered best seen and not heard. The Frozen River is a thrilling, tense, and tender story about a remarkable woman who left an unparalleled legacy yet remains nearly forgotten to this day.

About the Author:

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.

Tuesday, March 19, 2024 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
4701 E Douglas Ave
Wichita, KS 67218
Books: 
The Frozen River: A Novel By Ariel Lawhon Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780385546874
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday - December 5th, 2023