Author(s): Valerie Martin
In the six stories that make up The Unfinished Novel, Valerie Martin turns an unflinching eye upon artists - driven and blocked, desired and detested, infamous and sublime, as they struggle beneath the tyranny of Art to reconcile their audience with their muse.
Property won the 2003 Orange Prize Valerie Martin is the bestselling author of Mary Reilly, Italian Fever, and the internationally acclaimed Property 'Spellbinding ... a virtuoso' - New York Times Book Review 'Entrancingly good ... In hands such as Valerie Martin's the short fiction form is not only flourishing but positively swaggering' Financial Times 'She has the heart of an impassioned storyteller. The stories in her latest collection offer textbook examples of how to nail your reader ... each story in this collection is structured with consummate precision, each voice compellingly rendered.' Sunday Telegraph 'Martin is ... unpredictable yet compassionate, with a narrative gift that can raise the hairs at the top of the spine' Sunday Times
'Martin's writing is concise and her characters convincing...A collection of stories that packs the narrative punch of the best page-turning novel' THE INDEPENDENT 'Fascinating' IN THE KNOW 'Enjoyable' THE SUNDAY TIMES 'Horribly plausible, devastatingly deadpan... She captures the grotesque and hilarious something that lurks beneath the outlines of ordinary life' THE GUARDIAN
Valerie Martin is the author of two collections of short fiction and six novels. She is also the author of a non-fiction work about St Francis of Assisi, Salvation. She lives in upstate New York.