Coverart for item
The Resource The Underground River, Martha Conway

The Underground River, Martha Conway

Label
The Underground River
Title
The Underground River
Statement of responsibility
Martha Conway
Title variation
Ranaway
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Set aboard a nineteenth century riverboat theater, this is the moving, page-turning story of a charmingly frank and naive seamstress who is blackmailed into saving Ranaways on the Underground Railroad, jeopardizing her freedom, her livelihood, and a new love. 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 Ranaways and sells them back to their southern masters. As May's secrets become more tangled and harder to keep, the Floating Theatre readies for its biggest performance yet. May's predicament could mean doom for all her friends on board, including her beloved Hugo, unless she can figure out a way to trap those who know her best"--
Review
Seamstress May Bedloe and her cousin actress Comfort Vertue are traveling on the steamboat Moselle on the Ohio River when they are separated after the ship explodes and sinks. The year is 1838, and Comfort, who is rescued by the abolitionist Mrs. Howard, gives up her acting career to give antislavery lectures. May is hired by the owner of a floating theater troupe whose sister died on the Moselle. Making friends on the boat, she also slowly begins a romance. When May and Comfort cross paths again, Mrs. Howard blackmails May, who owes her a debt, into joining the Underground Railroad as she is needed to ferry the newborn babies of enslaved mothers across the river. May, even though opposed to slavery, is hesitant to risk her new life to help out. VERDICT Thanks to the success of Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad, the subject of the abolition movement is popular in fiction now. Conway (Thieving Forest; Sugarland) offers a novel take on the topic, and book groups will especially enjoy the distinctive setting, the rich historical details, and the thorny issues begging to be discussed. [See also David Keymer's roundup "Slave Narratives: Six Novels Explore a Painful Legacy," LJ 4/1/16.—Ed.]—Lynnanne Pearson, Skokie P.L., IL --Lynnanne Pearson (Reviewed 06/15/2017) (Library Journal, vol 142, issue 11, p82)
Assigning source
Provided by publisher
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10560467
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Conway, Martha
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3603.O565
LC item number
R36 2017
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Fugitive slaves
  • Antislavery movements
  • Abolitionists
  • Steamboats
  • Ohio River
  • Deception
  • Slavery
Target audience
adult
Label
The Underground River, Martha Conway
Instantiates
Publication
Note
A Touchstone Book
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Touchstone hardcover edition.
Extent
340 pages
Isbn
9781501160202
Lccn
2016050548
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
Maps on lining papers.
System control number
  • 962005691
  • (OCoLC)962005691
Label
The Underground River, Martha Conway
Publication
Note
A Touchstone Book
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Touchstone hardcover edition.
Extent
340 pages
Isbn
9781501160202
Lccn
2016050548
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
Maps on lining papers.
System control number
  • 962005691
  • (OCoLC)962005691

Library Locations

    • James City County LibraryBorrow it
      7770 Croaker Road, Williamsburg, VA, 23188, US
      37.377573 -76.770995
    • Williamsburg LibraryBorrow it
      515 Scotland Street, Williamsburg, VA, 23185, US
      37.377573 -76.770995
Processing Feedback ...