Martha Conway is the author of Sugarland, Thieving Forest, and 12 Bliss Street, which was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best First Novel. Her short fiction has appeared in the Iowa Review, Carolina Quarterly, Massachusetts Review, Folio, Epoch, and other journals.
It's 1838, and May Bedloe works as a seamstress for her cousin, the famous actress Comfort Vertue-until their steamboat sinks on the Ohio River. Though they both survive, both must find new employment. Comfort is hired to give lectures by noted abolitioni...[SEE MORE]