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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 US 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."

Martha worked as an advertising copywriter for many years, and raised three wonderful children while researching and writing Lilac Girls. She's hard at work on two prequels to Lilac Girls. The first, The Last Roses, takes place in WWI and tells the story of Caroline's mother Eliza's fight to help Russian refugees displaced by the revolution there. The second prequel takes place during The Civil War, and tells the story of Caroline's ancestors, the incredibly philanthropic Woolsey women, staunch anti-abolitionists who tended to wounded soldiers on the Gettysburg battlefield.

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.  She lives in Connecticut and Martha's Vineyard.

 

 

Short Bio

Martha Hall Kelly is a native New Englander and lives in Litchfield County Connecticut. She has earned journalism degrees from Syracuse and Northwestern Universities, worked as an advertising copywriter for many years and raised three wonderful children, who are now mostly out of the nest. Her novel Lilac Girls is Martha’s first novel and it became an instant NY Times bestseller when it debuted in April of 2016 and spent 56 weeks on the paperback list. At present she is hard at work on two prequels to Lilac Girls, the first is due out spring 2019.