Martha Conway: The Physician's Daughter

September 15th, 2022



Bookshop West Portal is proud to welcome back local author Martha Conway in celebration The Physician's Daughter releasing September 1st, 2022. This event is free to attend and currently slated to be in-person. We are monitoring the COVID situation and remain committed to following all public heath guidelines. We are flexible and will hold this event virtually if need be.


From the author of The Underground River comes this compelling new novel of female perseverance. Set in the aftermath of the Civil War, The Physician's Daughter is the story of two people trying to make their way in a world that is struggling to escape its past.


It is 1865, the American Civil War has just ended, and 18-year old Vita Tenney is determined to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a country doctor like her father. But when her father tells her she must get married instead, Vita explores every means of escape - and finds one in the person of war veteran Jacob Culhane.


Damaged by what he's seen in battle and with all his family gone, Jacob is seeking investors for a fledgling business. Then he meets Vita - and together they hatch a plan that should satisfy both their desires. Months later, Vita seemingly has everything she ever wanted. But alone in a big city and haunted by the mistakes of her past, she wonders if the life she always thought she wanted was too good to be true. When love starts to compete with ambition, what will come out on top?




Martha Conway's last novel, The Underground River, was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and has been published in seven languages. Her novel Thieving Forest won the North American Book Award for Best Historical Fiction. Martha’s short fiction has appeared in The Iowa Review, The Carolina Quarterly, The Massachusetts Review, The Quarterly, and other journals. She is the recipient of a California Arts Council fellowship and teaches creative writing for Stanford University's Continuing Studies Program. Born in Ohio and one of seven sisters, she now lives in San Francisco with her family.

Event date: 
Thursday, September 15, 2022 - 7:00pm
The Physician's Daughter By Martha Conway Cover Image
ISBN: 9781838773076
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Zaffre - September 1st, 2022