Lee Martin

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LEE  is the author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Bright Forever. He was born in Illinois, and received his MFA from the University of Arkansas. He has published widely acclaimed stories, novels, and memoirs (From Our House is recommended). He has won numerous awards including the Mary McCarthy Prize, the Nancy Dasher Award, the Glenna Luschei Prize for Literary Distinction, the Lawrence Foundation Award, and fellowships from the NEA and the Ohio Arts Council. Currently he is Professor at Ohio State University where he is Director of Creative Writing. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.

Genres: Literary Fiction, Historical
   Quakertown (2001)
   The Bright Forever (2005)
   River of Heaven (2008)
   Break the Skin (2011)
   Late One Night (2016)
   Yours, Jean (2020)
   The Glassmaker's Wife (2022)
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Lee Martin recommends
A Very Inconvenient Scandal (2023)
Jacquelyn Mitchard
"A Very Inconvenient Scandal is an intricate story of love found in the entirely unexpected places. Jacquelyn Mitchard's expert hand guides us through the twists and turns of a family drama that resonates with wit, warmth, and mystery. Is there a keener observer of human nature? I doubt it. Few writers can match Jacquelyn Mitchard when it comes to portraying the complicated layers of the ordinary heart. Love Among the Sea Monsters had me laughing out loud while also feeling the ache of the fragile desire to be loved."
Bessie (2023)
Linda Kass
"Bessie makes the first Jewish woman to win the Miss America title, Bess Myerson, come alive in a way her celebrity status never fully allowed. Linda Kass builds the character of Bessie through the complicated layers of all Bess Myerson carried with her - her dreams of being a composer, her longing to be loved by her joyless and demanding mother, the pain she felt over racial inequality, and everything she had to tolerate in order to find the platform for her voice, a voice she was determined to use to make a difference in the world. The true beauty of this novel is Linda Kass's artistry. She's created a loving and honest portrait of a woman who meant so much to so many."
Sidle Creek (2023)
Jolene McIlwain
"Welcome to the Pennsylvania of Jolene Mcllwain, a world of strip mines, cockfights, deer hunters, Rolling Rock beer, and a cast of characters as memorable as any from Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio. Mcllwain's debut story collection, Sidle Creek, shimmers with the plain-spoken, and yet luminous, portrayals of its rural characters whose lives are made up of moments of grit and grace. How does she do it? How does she turn the ordinary into something magical, universal, and eternal? These are stories to savor for all they have to tell us about being alive."

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Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2006) : The Bright Forever

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