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The Martin Chronicles

(2019)
A novel by

 
 
A powerful and heartfelt coming-of-age novel that follows Martin Kelso as he grows up in 1980s New York and faces the magic of first experiences as well as the heartbreak of hard-won life lessons.

Martin Kelso's comfortable world starts to change at the age of 11. Girls get under his skin in ways he never noticed before. His cousin Evie, who used to be Marty's closest confidante - the one who taught him the right way to eat a pizza and how to catch tadpoles - has grown up into a stranger, mysterious and unpredictable. Marty and his best friends once inhabited fantasy worlds of their own making, full of cowboys and cops and robbers, where the heroes always won the day. But now, as neighborhood kids are attacked on their walk to school, they find themselves wanting to play a new game that better prepares them for real life.

As life changes quickly and Marty feels less secure with himself, the difference between games and reality, friend and foe, and right from wrong becomes much more difficult to distinguish. At the same time, this new world offers possibilities as exciting as they are frightening.

This poignant debut perfectly captures the intense emotion, humor, and earnestness of young adulthood as Marty, age 11 to 17, navigates a series of life-changing firsts: first kiss, first enemy, first loss, and, ultimately, his first awareness that the world is not as simple a place as he had once imagined.

Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"John Fried's debut is a funny, tender, honest coming-of-age story, brimming with heart. THE MARTIN CHRONICLES is about first love and family and loss, but also, set on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in the '80s, it's a nostalgic look into the past and, in the end, a love story about that specific place and time." - Julianna Baggott

"Wise and winning, THE MARTIN CHRONICLES is a sumptuous evocation of those adolescent afternoons when every moment was equally fraught and full of possibility. A charming, marvelous debut." - Colson Whitehead


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Hardback Editions

January 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Martin Chronicles
Author(s): John Fried
ISBN: 1-5387-2983-0 / 978-1-5387-2983-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
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Paperback Editions

January 2020 : USA Paperback

Title: The Martin Chronicles
Author(s): John Fried
ISBN: 1-5387-2984-9 / 978-1-5387-2984-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
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Audio Editions

January 2019 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Martin Chronicles
Author(s): John Fried
ISBN: 1-5491-4993-8 / 978-1-5491-4993-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hachette B and Blackstone Audio
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January 2019 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Martin Chronicles Lib/E
Author(s): John Fried
ISBN: 1-5491-4992-X / 978-1-5491-4992-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
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January 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Martin Chronicles
Author(s): John Fried
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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January 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Martin Chronicles
Author(s): John Fried
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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January 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Martin Chronicles
Author(s): John Fried
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