Sunday, June 16, 2013

What is Daphne Kalotay reading?

The current featured contributor at Writers Read: Daphne Kalotay, author of Sight Reading.

Her entry begins:
Last Friends, by Jane Gardam:

I just tore through this new novel by Jane Gardam. She’s simply one of the best authors writing in English today, and Last Friends is the final book in the wonderful Old Filth trilogy. Old Filth is one of my top ten novels of all time, and I loved The Man With the Wooden Hat as well. In this new book, Gardam again seamlessly shifts from present-day northern England back to World War Two and the complex, fascinating early lives of her now aged characters. I was able to meet Jane Gardam in person when she read at the Harvard Book Store last month, and she said this would be her final book (though her Selected Stories will be released in the future.) I hope...[read on]
About Sight Reading, from the publisher:
The critically acclaimed author of Russian Winter turns her "sure and suspenseful artistry" (Boston Globe) to the lives of three colleagues and lovers in the world of classical music.

On a Boston street one warm spring day, Hazel and Remy spot each other for the first time in years. Although their brief meeting may seem insignificant, behind them lie two decades in which their life paths have crisscrossed, diverged, and ultimately interlaced. Remy, a gifted violinist, is married to the composer Nicholas Elko—once the love of Hazel's life.

It has been twenty years since Remy, an ambitious conservatory student; Nicholas, a wunderkind launching an international career; and his wife, the beautiful and fragile Hazel, first came together, tipping their collective world on its axis. As their story unfolds from 1987 to 2007, from Europe to America, from conservatory life to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, each discovers the surprising ways in which the quest to create something real and true—be it a work of art or one's own life—can lead to the most personal of revelations.

Lyrical and evocative, Sight Reading explores the role of art and beauty in everyday life, while unspooling a transporting story of marriage, family, and the secrets we keep, even from ourselves.
Learn more about the book and author at Daphne Kalotay's website.

The Page 69 Test: Sight Reading.

Writers Read: Daphne Kalotay.

--Marshal Zeringue