"A powerful, raw and evocative novel with a unique and
complex character we
can't get enough of."
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
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.