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Author: Martha Conway Narrator: Hillary Huber Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2017 ISBN: 9781541475700
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It’s 1838, and May Bedloe works as a seamstress for her cousin, the famous actress Comfort Vertue—until their steamboat sinks on the Ohio River. Though they both survive, both must find new employment. Comfort is hired to give lectures by noted abolitionist Flora Howard, and May finds work on a small flatboat, Hugo and Helena’s Floating Theatre, as it cruises the border between the northern states and the southern slave-holding states. May becomes indispensable to Hugo and his troupe, and all goes well until she sees her cousin again. Comfort and Mrs. Howard are also traveling down the Ohio River, speaking out against slavery at the many riverside towns. May owes Mrs. Howard a debt she cannot repay, and Mrs. Howard uses the opportunity to enlist May in her network of shadowy characters who ferry babies given up by their slave mothers across the river to freedom. Lying has never come easy to May, but now she is compelled to break the law, deceive all her new-found friends, and deflect the rising suspicions of Dr. Early, who captures runaways and sells them back to their southern masters.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Warning: The Underground Riveris a page-turner. Be prepared to stay up late reading, because once you start you won't want to put it down. Amy Belding Brown, author of Flight of the Sparrow
  • “Conway’s life on the Ohio makes you see the place, through May’s eyes, in all its muddy glory.”

    The New York Times Book Review

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About the Author

Martha Conway is the author of Sugarland, Thieving Forest, and 12 Bliss Street, which was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best First Novel. Her short fiction has appeared in the Iowa Review, Carolina Quarterly, Massachusetts Review, Folio, Epoch, and other journals.

About the Narrator

Hillary Huber, a Los Angeles–based voice talent with hundreds of commercials and promos under her belt, was bitten by the audiobook bug in 2005. She now records books on a regular basis and has been nominated for several Audie Awards and won numerous Earphones Awards.