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The Frozen River

Ariel Lawhon

Warwick’s presents
Ariel Lawhon
in conversation with Jane Oppenheimer

The Frozen River

Tuesday, January 16, 2024 - 7:30pm PST

7812 Girard Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
The Frozen River

This event is free and open to the public; free seating is subject to available space on a first-come, first-served basis.

On Tuesday, January 16th at 7:30pm Warwick's will host Ariel Lawhon as she discusses and signs her new book, The Frozen River, in conversation with Jane Oppenheimer. Ariel Lawhon is a critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author of historical fiction. Her books have been translated into numerous languages and have been LibraryReads, One Book One County, Indie Next, Costco, and Book of the Month Club selections. She lives in the rolling hills outside Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and four sons. Ariel splits her time between the grocery store and the baseball field.

From the New York Times bestselling author of I Was Anastasia and Code Name Hélène comes a gripping historical mystery inspired by the life and diary of Martha Ballard, a renowned 18th-century midwife who investigates a shocking murder that unhinges her small community.

Maine, 1789: The Kennebec River freezes, entombing a man in the ice. Martha Ballard is summoned to examine the body and determine cause of death. As the local midwife and healer, Martha is good at keeping secrets. Her diary is a record of every birth and death, every murder and debacle that unfolds in the town of Hallowell. In that diary she also documented the details of an alleged rape that occurred four months earlier. Now, one of the men accused of that heinous attack has been found dead in the ice.

While Martha is certain she knows what happened the night of the assault, she suspects that the two crimes are linked, and that there is more to both cases than meets the eye. Over the course of one long, hard winter, as the trial nears, and whispers and prejudices mount, Martha's diary lands at the center of the scandal and threatens to tear both her family and her community apart.

In her newest offering, Ariel Lawhon brings to life a brave and compassionate unsung heroine who refused to accept anything less than justice on behalf of those no one else would protect. The Frozen River is a thrilling, tense, and tender story of a remarkable woman who had the courage to take a stand, and in the process wrote herself into American history.

From memoirs to mysteries to YA fantasies, Jane Oppenheimer’s engaging narration style and honest characterizations enthrall her listeners. She graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University with a BFA in Theater. She has performed in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Regional theaters, as well as on television and film. Her voice-over work can be heard on commercials, corporate videos and theme park rides. When she’s not talking to herself in the booth, she’s most likely poring over design magazines and websites for her next renovation project or scouring open houses in search of the next property to restore.

The Frozen River: A Novel By Ariel Lawhon Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385546874
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday - December 5th, 2023