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"A powerful, raw and evocative novel with a unique and

complex character we

can't get enough of."

—Cindy Watson

If you want your dreams to come true, don't oversleep.

Face the Music

is a provocative tale

about the universal struggle

to realize a lifelong dream.

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90,000-WORD UPMARKET WOMEN'S FICTION

PROBES THEMES OF POWER AND VIOLENCE IN THE HYPER-COMPETITIVE CLASSICAL MUSIC WORLD
 

SYMPATHETIC PROTAGONIST ON A UNIVERSALLY RELATABLE JOURNEY

DYNAMIC PROSE WITH A UNIQUE AND HEARTFELT VOICE

STRONG FILM & TV APPEAL; HIGHLY ADAPTABLE TO SCREEN

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Valerie Raines is a beautiful and ambitious cello prodigy who comes of age in 1980s Los Angeles dreaming of playing under the baton of a great conductor. When the 1992 riots break out, her mother flees the city, leaving Valerie to take up with her former teacher, a principal in the L.A. Philharmonic. Though he advances her career, his controlling manner leaves her feeling used, so she rejects him, determined to make it on her own.

Ten years later, Valerie is trapped in a cage of regret, unfulfilled as a middle-school music teacher, her dreams all but dormant. When she chaperones her students on a field trip to the symphony, she faces  the ghost of her unlived self. If she's

going to survive this identity crisis,

Valerie must confront her darkest fears

and FACE THE MUSIC.

Fraught with sexual and psychological tension, Face the Music is a provocative tale

about destructive relationships and the

universal struggle to realize a lifelong dream.

Anthony Magro is the author of Contemporary Cat, an authorized biography of legendary musician and composer Terence Blanchard. 

His chamber play, Borodin’s Muse, about the brilliant Russian composer Aleksandr Borodin and his ailing pianist wife, was recently produced by the Gallery Players of Niagara.

 

 

 

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ANTHONY MAGRO

Epigraph
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What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up

like a raisin in the sun?

Or fester like a sore—

And then run?

Does it stink like rotten meat?

Or crust and sugar over—

like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags

like a heavy load.

Or does it explode? 

—LANGSTON HUGHES

Face the Music is a must read!

Anthony Magro masterfully draws us into the protagonist’s inner and outer world. We’re intrigued by this unique and complex character and we can’t get enough as Magro skillfully weaves us through the intersection of her past and present, perfectly placed in the social context of the real world. The writing is powerful, raw and evocative, the description rich and lush. Magro doesn’t shy away from controversial themes, which are seamlessly layered and threaded, adding texture and depth. You’ll be surprised, inspired, engrossed, reflective and utterly engaged in this gorgeous work of outstanding artistry.

CINDY WATSON, award-winning author and founder of Women on Purpose.

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