Chamber Music

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"I believe Chamber Music will be a classic. It deserves to be." —Alice Walker
Caroline Maclaren, the ninety-year-old widow of a famous American composer, reaches back into her memories to tell the story of their life together. In setting the stage for her extraordinary tale, she recreates the aura of turn-of-the-century Frankfurt, Boston, and Saratoga Springs and of an age when private passions were hidden below the surfaces of private selves. She recalls her marriage as a sheltered young woman to the brilliantly...

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Overview

"I believe Chamber Music will be a classic. It deserves to be." —Alice Walker
Caroline Maclaren, the ninety-year-old widow of a famous American composer, reaches back into her memories to tell the story of their life together. In setting the stage for her extraordinary tale, she recreates the aura of turn-of-the-century Frankfurt, Boston, and Saratoga Springs and of an age when private passions were hidden below the surfaces of private selves. She recalls her marriage as a sheltered young woman to the brilliantly promising Robert Maclaren, his swift rise to international musical fame, the darker story of his angry silences, and eventually, the grim details of his illness and death. In the final phase of her story she tells of the late-blossoming passion she discovers with Anna, the serene nurse who tended Robert in his dying days, and about the artists' colony they found as a tribute to his life and work.

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Editorial Reviews

Barbara Pym
“Doris Grumbach's Chamber Music has made a considerable impression on me. . . . It is a haunting story, all the more powerful because of the elegant economy of the writing.”
John Leonard - New York Times
“It is as if Willa Cather had decided to tell the whole truth. It is Virginia Woolf without the evasive prettifying. . . . One of those rare novels written for adults who listen.”
Penelope Mortimer
“What a strange, haunting, stately book it is, and literally unputdownable, because Brumbach so gently tugs a reader through it with persuasions and limited promises and mysteries.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393309454
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/17/1993
  • Pages: 213
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Doris Grumbach's works available in Norton paperback include her earlier journal, Coming into the End Zone, and the novels Chamber Music, The Magician's Girl, The Ladies, and The Missing Person. Grumbach lives in Sargentville, Maine. Grumbach's new novel, The Book of Knowledge, is being published in hardcover.

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