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The frozen river : a novel / Ariel Lawhon.

Lawhon, Ariel, (author.).

"A gripping historical mystery based on the real-life diary entries of Martha Ballard, an 18th-century midwife who defied the legal system and wrote herself into American history. 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"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780593793251
  • ISBN: 0593793250
  • Physical Description: 670 pages (large print) : map ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First large print edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, [2023]
Subject: Ballard, Martha, 1735-1812 > Fiction.
Midwives > Maine > Fiction.
Murder > Investigation > Maine > Fiction.
Kennebec River Valley (Me.) > Social life and customs > 18th century > Fiction.
Genre: Large print books.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Historical fiction.
Biographical fiction.

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  • 0 of 6 copies available at York County Libraries.


  • 20 current holds with 6 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Dillsburg Area Public Library Adults LAW Large Print (Text) 34001001459765 Adult Area Checked Out 05/02/2024
Dover Area Community Library Adults LAW Large Print (Text) 34217000904193 Adult Area New In Transit -
Kreutz Creek Valley Library Adults LAW Large Print (Text) 34261000558906 Adult Area New Checked Out 05/10/2024
Martin Library Adults LAW Large Print (Text) 33454005980354 Reading Room New Checked Out 05/11/2024
Martin Library Adults LAW Large Print (Text) 33454005997523 Reading Room New Checked Out 05/06/2024
Paul Smith Library of Southern York County Adults LAW Large Print (Text) 34318001243845 Adult Area New Checked Out 05/10/2024

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