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Meet the Author - An Evening with Martha Hall Kelly

Pollard Memorial Library Foundation
Memorial Hall, Pollard Memorial Library
401 Merrimack Street
Lowell, Massachusetts
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Register Tuesday, May 21, 2019 6:00-8:00 PM
Martha Hall Kelly is a native New Englander, and author of Lilac Girls, which was an instant New York Times bestseller the week it was published in April 2016. This beautiful debut novel is based on the true story of 72 Polish women who were imprisoned and experimented on at Ravensbruck Concentration Camp, and how Caroline Ferriday, an American philanthropist and former actress brought them to the United States for rehabilitation and the trip of a lifetime. Martha researched the story for over ten years; Publishers Weekly lauded it as "a page-turner, demonstrating the tests and triumphs civilians faced during war, complemented by Kelly's vivid description of history and excellent characters."

Lost Roses, released this spring, is the prequel to Lilac Girls. The story takes place during WWI and tells the story of Caroline's mother Eliza's fight to help Russian refugees displaced by the revolution there. Like Lilac Girls, Lost Roses is a heartbreaking story of love and loss that is remarkably relevant today - a saga of desperate immigrants, a world in turmoil, and three strong women who are pushed to the limit, determined to survive.


Martha holds a degree in Journalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University and a master's degree in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School.