I’m an author and native New Englander, still pinching myself since my debut novel Lilac Girls, became a New York Times bestseller the week it was published in April 2016. The novel is historical fiction, based on the true story of 72 Polish women who were imprisoned and experimented on at Ravensbruck Concentration Camp and how Caroline Ferriday, an American philanthropist and former actress brought them to the U.S. for rehabilitation and the trip of a lifetime. I have been researching the story for over ten years and am excited beyond belief to finally share it with the world.
And coming soon, look for two prequels to Lilac Girls. The first, Gin Lane, takes place in WWI and tells the story of Caroline’s mother Eliza’s fight to help Russian refugees displaced by the revolution there. (If you want a sneak peek, I’ve been pinning hints on Gin Lane’s progress on my Pinterest page as I write...https://www.pinterest.com/marthahallkelly/gin-lane/)
The second prequel takes place during The Civil War and tells the story of Caroline’s ancestors, the incredibly philanthropic Woolsey women, staunch abolitionists who tended to wounded soldiers on the Gettysburg battlefield.
In the next few pages I’ve included some background about my Lilac Girls research. Hope you enjoy the site and I’d love to hear from you if you have questions or anything you’d like to share.