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The Floating Theatre: This captivating tale of courage and redemption will sweep you away Hardcover – 15 Jun. 2017

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An engaging story with lovely detail and moments of comedy, The Daily Mail

The Floating Theatre is both a dear love story and a page-turning adventure about the Underground Railroad-and an unwilling participant. An extraordinary cast of memorable characters gives this book irresistible appeal while the setting on the watery boundary between North and South places them in dangerous and morally ambiguous territory. A captivating, thoughtful and unforgettable read. -- Kathleen Grissom, author of The Kitchen House and Glory over Everything

Martha Conway, award-winning US author of 12 Bliss Street and Thieving Forest, explores the complex moral dilemmas of slavery, compromise and betrayal in a powerful and gripping novel of ideas, emotions and dramas. The Floating Theatre is an ingenious production, a gripping, atmospheric adventure story, packed with secrets and treachery, but with flashes of leavening light humour and with a strident anti-slavery message at its moral heart...a fascinating, gritty and enlightening glimpse of the realities of life on the showboats in the early to mid-19th century, the terrible plight of slaves in the southern states and the risks taken by all those determined to fight for the cause of freedom., Lancashire Evening Post

Set in 1837 and shy seamstress May Bedloe takes on a job on the wondrous Floating Theatre, a flat boat that sails the Ohio river performing plays to townsfolk. But the reappearance of a couple from May's past threatens everything she has worked for, The Bookseller

It is part of Martha Conway's gift as a writer to weave stories from the richest and most interesting periods of American history. Set on a nineteenth century floating theatre on the Ohio River, The Floating Theatre is a riveting and atmospheric novel about slavery, betrayal and redemption, with a memorably forthright heroine, and a plot as fast flowing and twisty as the river itself. -- Louisa Treger, author of The Lodger

Engaging, involving and powerful, The Floating Theatre transported me to a world that, thankfully, has passed - one filled with danger, fear and barbarity, but also excitement, passion and romance. With May by your side, take a ride on the Floating Theatre and explore the rivers of America - you'll be glad you climbed on board., The Bookbag

The Floating Theatre was just as amazing as its beautiful cover promised., The Misstery

Engaging, involving and powerful, The Floating Theatre transported me to a world that, thankfully, has passed - one filled with danger, fear and barbarity, but also excitement, passion and romance. With May by your side, take a ride on the Floating Theatre and explore the rivers of America - you'll be glad you climbed on board., The Bookbag

This is a very unique premise and setting for a story. This is a fascinating if dark time of history and the fact that the river was so symbolic in the fight and the story did make me want to go and read more. And that cover - seemingly hand stitched - was gorgeous., The Book Trail

The Floating Theatre was a pleasure to lose myself in. Martha Conway writes very likeable, colourful characters who get themselves into rather nasty fixes. Politics aside, it's a very compelling story that I found hard to put down., Seeing the Lighter Side

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Martha Conway has been nominated for an Edgar Award and won the North American Book Award for Best Historical Fiction. Martha teaches creative writing for Stanford University's Continuing Studies Program and UC Berkeley Extension. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she is one of seven sisters. She now lives in San Francisco with her family.

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