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Valerie Martin

VALERIE MARTIN is the author of ten novels, including The Ghost of the Mary Celeste , The Confessions of Edward Day , Trespass , Mary Reilly , Italian Fever , and Property ; three collections of short fiction; and a biography of Saint Francis of Assisi, titled Salvation . She has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as the Kafka Prize (for Mary Reilly ) and Britain's Orange Prize (for Property ).