Valerie Martin

Author of The Handmaid's Tale

Valerie Martin
Valerie Martin

Valerie Martin is the author of 11 novels, including The Ghost of Mary Celeste, The Confessions of Edward Day, Trespass, Mary Reilly, Italian Fever, and Property; four short-fiction collections; and a biography of Saint Francis of Assisi entitled Salvation. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as from the Kafka Pri Fellowship....READ MORE

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He put a dark place in me and I can't forgive him for that. But it's a part of me now and how can I regret what I am - though it often makes me sad.

Sex can be estranging; it can drive two otherwise compatible people apart.

(M)uch as we might imagine we can leave the past behind, it has a nasty way of pressing its hoary old face against the window just as we were sitting down to the feast.

Actors are superstitious about beggars, perhaps because we're largely in the same line.

One feels relieved these days when a play is not like television.

(A) trip to the attic is an excursion into history, and...all over the world the present unravels beneath the stored detritus of the past; that's what attics are for.

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