Martha Anne Toll


Martha Anne Toll won the 2020 Petrichor Prize for Finely Crafted Fiction, and her novel, Three Muses, is forthcoming from Regal House Press (fall 2022). She is a frequent contributor to NPR Books, the Millions, the Washington Post, and other outlets. For her fiction and nonfiction, please visit her website, and tweet to her at @marthaannetoll.


22 entries by Martha Anne Toll

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The writer talks Judaism, capturing music on the page, and his new novel's unconventional path to publication.

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The Piano Student: A Novel

By Lea Singer; translated by Elisabeth Lauffer

A nuanced, occasionally problematic imagining of a real-life virtuoso's long-ago forbidden affair.

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The debut novelist shares how he reimagined a long-ago (and real-life) Black community in Nova Scotia.

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The Abundant Life

By Aaron Jacobs

A funny, madcap story that somehow doesn’t defy reality.

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The Abundant Life: A Novel

By Aaron Jacobs

A funny, madcap story that somehow doesn’t defy reality.

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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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By 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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By Nathacha Appanah; translated by Geoffrey Strachan

Exposing a virtually unknown part of the Jewish experience during World War II.