Martha Anne Toll


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.


24 entries by Martha Anne Toll

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An Interview with Barbara Quick

The novelist talks family strife, Russia, and the influence of Brahms’ Second Symphony.

Book Review

The Piano Student

By Lea Singer; translated by Elisabeth Lauffer

The Piano Student

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

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An Interview with Mitchell James Kaplan

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

The Piano Student: A Novel

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

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An Interview with Jeffrey Colvin

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

The Abundant Life

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

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The Abundant Life: A Novel

By Aaron Jacobs

The Abundant Life: A Novel

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

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An Interview with Lynn Kanter

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

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An Interview with Laura McBride

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

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Fates and Furies

By Lauren Groff

Fates and Furies

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

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Liner Notes

Two recent novels explore the subversive power of music

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Privacy for Writers

It’s more than just a phone setting.

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Everything Is Illuminated

An appreciation of Anthony Doerr's incandescent storytelling.

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All Roads Lead Home

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

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I Hear America Reading: A Fourth of July Ode

A literary reflection on Independence Day by Martha Toll.

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For Passover, Fresh New Takes on “People of the Book”

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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Anna Karenina

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

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Lost in Translation

Martha Toll discusses the pitfalls of translating literary works.

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Slow Reads

Martha Toll explores the pleasures of deliberate reading.

Book Review

By Diana Abu-Jaber

Birds of Paradise

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

Book Review

Dieter Schlesak

The Druggist of Auschwitz: A Documentary Novel

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

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Chris Adrian

The Great Night

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

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Novel Fragments

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

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By Nathacha Appanah; translated by Geoffrey Strachan

The Last Brother: A Novel

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