The Glassmaker's Wife

The Glassmaker's Wife

by: Lee Martin
Release date: Oct 25th, 2022

A "witch" accused of murdering her husband? There are witnesses against her, evidence is growing, and her life is at stake. Where will she go from here? Read More

Softcover - $16.95
(ISBN: 9781950539482)

In August of 1844, a man named Leonard Reed takes violently ill at his home near Heathsville, Illinois, and four days later he is dead. The cause? Arsenic poisoning.

The suspect? His wife, Betsey.

The chief witnesses against her? A hired girl, Eveline Deal, and the local apothecary, James Logan. The evidence? Eveline claims she saw Betsey put a pinch of white powder in Leonard’s coffee.

Betsey Reed, a woman who dabbles in herbal healing, is known about town as a witch. As the gossip and the circumstantial evidence mount, Betsey finds herself under the shadow of a trial—and a noose.

A historical crime inspired by the true story of Betsey Reed, for fans of The Trial of Lizzie Borden and The Good Sister, Lee Martin’s latest weaves a tale of a pinch of white powder, a scorched paper, a community hungry for a villain, and a young girl’s first taste of revenge—but above all, of the contradictions and imperfections of the human heart.

Lee Martin

Lee Martin

Lee Martin is the author of the novels, The Bright Forever, a finalist for the 2006
Pulitzer Prize in Fiction; River of Heaven; Quakertown; Break the Skin, Late One Night,
and Yours, Jean. He has also published four memoirs, From Our House, Turning Bones,
Such a Life, and Gone the Hard Road in addition to two short story collections, The Least
You Need to Know, and, most recently, The Mutual UFO Network. He is the co-editor of
Passing the Word: Writers on Their Mentors, and the author of Telling Stories: The Craft
of Narrative and the Writing Life. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in such places
as Harper’s, Ms., Creative Nonfiction, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, Fourth
Genre, River Teeth, The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, Glimmer Train, The Best
American Mystery Stories, and The Best American Essays. He is the winner of the Mary
McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction and fellowships from the National Endowment for the
Arts and the Ohio Arts Council. He teaches in the MFA Program at The Ohio State
University, where he is a College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of
English and a past winner of the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching.

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