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But what I really want to do is compose!

Anyone who’s dabbled even casually with the music world knows it’s full of heartbreak, exhilaration, passion, and drama. A profession overstuffed with possibilities for storytellers in all media, it’s a wonder to me why more film directors, novelists, and playwrights don’t take the plunge.

But appearing today in bookstores across the fruited plain is Overture (Doubleday, $24.95), the debut novel by Yael Goldstein. Overture is about a famous violinist who also has a passion for composition. But her marriage to an acclaimed and revolutionary composer compels her to sacrifice her own composerly ambitions. (Alma Mahler, anyone?) Then to make matters even more complicated, she gives birth to a daughter who quickly shows talent for . . . composition.

Too many composers at the bench? You’ll just have to find out for yourself.

There are a few readings coming up around the country. Some even boast some (gasp) new music inspired by the book. Check them out in the comments.


Comment from David Salvage
Time: January 16, 2007, 1:08 am

Thursday, January 25, 7:00 pm
Barnes and Noble Lincoln Center
1972 Broadway, New York, NY 10023
(includes music by Nicholas Weiss, performed by Sonya Chung)

Wednesday, January 31, 7:30 pm
Barnes and Noble Princeton (the one in Marketfair)
3535 US Route 1, Princeton, NJ 08450

Thursday, February 8, 7:00 pm
Olsson’s Books & Records
418 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Sunday, February 11, 7:00 pm
85 East 4th St., New York, NY

Thursday, February 22, 6:30 pmHarvard Bookstore
Harvard Hillel, Cambridge, MA
(includes music by Nicholas Weiss, performed by Sonya Chung)

Late February, TBA
Newtonville Books

Wednesday, February 28
Makor Center, Debut Fiction Night
35 West 67th St., New York, NY 10023

Thursday, March 22, 7:30 pm
JCC Manhattan, Lit Café
334 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10023

Thursday, April 5, 7:00pm
West Portal Books
80 West Portal, San Francisco, CA 94127