Martha Anne Toll


Martha Anne Toll ’s nonfiction has appeared in the Millions, NPR, Heck, [PANK], the Nervous Breakdown, Tin House blog, Bloom, Narrative, and the Washington Independent Review of Books; her fiction in Slush Pile Magazine, Vol.1 Brooklyn, Yale’s Letters Journal, Poetica E Magazine, Referential Magazine, Inkapture Magazine, and Wild. Her novel in process, represented by the Einstein Literary Agency, was shortlisted for the 2016 Mary Rinehart Roberts fiction prize. She directs a social-justice foundation focused on preventing and ending homelessness and abolishing the death penalty. Please visit her at marthaannetoll.com and tweet to her at @marthaannetoll.


17 entries by Martha Anne Toll

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The novelist talks Vietnam, feminist presses, and the birth of her audiobook.

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The later-in-life debut novelist discusses the art of spinning stories.

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Fates and Furies

By Lauren Groff

An inventive tale of one marriage told from two very different perspectives.

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Two recent novels explore the subversive power of music

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It’s more than just a phone setting.

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An appreciation of Anthony Doerr's incandescent storytelling.

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Are novels and memoirs simply different paths to the same destination?

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A literary reflection on Independence Day by Martha Toll.

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The escape from oppression into a vast diaspora is a theme that has preoccupied Jewish writers from Exodus to modern times: here are a few titles that treat this subject with refreshing originality.

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Martha Toll writes of the thematic depth of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina.

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Martha Toll discusses the pitfalls of translating literary works.

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Martha Toll explores the pleasures of deliberate reading.

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Diana Abu-Jaber

In this novel a fractured family struggles with loss, personal misery, and the many secrets its members harbor.

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Dieter Schlesak

In this documentary novel Dieter Schlesak exposes Nazi pharmacist Victor Capesius and the monstrous perversion of his profession.

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Chris Adrian

Modern relationships in San Francisco, under the spell of Queen Titania from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

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Martha Toll explores why so many recent novels are actually linked short stories

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Nathacha Appanah (Translated from the French by Geoffrey Strachan)

Adrift together in a sea of inhumanity: Appanah showcases a virtually unknown part of the Jewish experience during World War II.