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Some Kind of Miracle
     

Some Kind of Miracle

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by Iris R. Dart
 

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Cousins and childhood best friends Dahlia and Sunny Gordon shared a love for making music that was as radiant as the California sunshine. But a darkness was descending on Sunny that would ultimately plunge her into a nightmare of solitude and schizophrenia and tear their lives apart.

Years later, Dahlia's dream of making it in the L.A. music business rests on one

Overview

Cousins and childhood best friends Dahlia and Sunny Gordon shared a love for making music that was as radiant as the California sunshine. But a darkness was descending on Sunny that would ultimately plunge her into a nightmare of solitude and schizophrenia and tear their lives apart.

Years later, Dahlia's dream of making it in the L.A. music business rests on one forgotten song. Desperate for success, she must find her cousin again in order to secure fame and fortune. There are no depths Dahlia will not sink to in order to get what she wants -- even if it means moving her cousin, demons and all, into her own home.

Yet selfish motives and greed are, remarkably, leading Dahlia somewhere she never imagined she'd go. For the first time she will have to put someone else's needs before her own, and her own life will be unexpectedly transformed in the process.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Dahlia, Los Angeles masseuse and aspiring songwriter, hasn't penned a hit song in years. Just as her house and romantic relationship fall into disrepair, a rich but extremely repugnant film producer client mentions he needs a title song for his new movie Stay by My Side. Luckily for Dahlia, this was the title of a great song she wrote with her cousin Sunny, a schizophrenic she hasn't seen in 25 years. Dahlia dusts off the old reel-to-reel recording, copies it to a CD, and sends it off to the producer, who, of course, loves it. Contract in hand, Dahlia sets out to locate Sunny, whose signature she needs to close the deal. However, when she finds her cousin at a group home in San Diego, the years of antipsychotic medication have left her a shell of the vivacious young woman Dahlia remembers-and, to make matters worse, Sunny refuses to sell their song. Although the characters are memorable, the plot often crawls along-something exacerbated by the deliberate pace at which Moira Driscoll reads the novel. For large fiction collections.-Beth Farrell, Portage Cty. Dist. Lib., OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Songwriter seeks schizophrenic cousin. Object: fame and fortune. Just because Dahlia Green makes a living (sort of) as a masseuse doesn't mean she's a failure in status-obsessed Los Angeles. Not yet. Hey, didn't her least favorite client, obnoxious but rich slob and film producer Marty Melman, say he was making a movie with the same title as a song she wrote decades ago with her crazy cousin Sunny? Stay By My Side, it was called. And since Marty needs a song for the movie and can spare five minutes of his valuable time to listen to it, Dahlia is off to find that old tape, if the mice haven't eaten it. And if she can locate an old reel-to-reel to play it on. And come to think of it, she'd better track down Sunny. Joy of joys, Marty likes the song, but Sunny will have to sign the contract if he's going to use it. Can't have her showing up and suing for damages, get the picture? Dahlia gets it . . . and she's off to a group home for the mentally ill in northern California. Horror of horrors, is that sad-looking woman with the bizarre hairdo really Sunny? Yes . . . and she's none too pleased about being found. What about fame and fortune? Dahlia asks. What about the voices in my head? Sunny responds. Nonetheless, Dahlia decides to gain her cousin's trust and encourage her to write and sing once more, though Sunny is given to decidedly uninspired philosophizing on the subject: "Great songs come from you really, truly telling your story, and if you tell your story, you tell everyone else's story, too. Because in the end people are all the same." And in the end, Tin Pan Alley turns into Memory Lane as the reunited pair come to terms with their past (and their present and their future). Routinefare, from the author of When I Fall In Love (1999) and similar showbiz tear-jerkers. Agent: Elaine Markson/Elaine Markson Agency

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780066209531
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/21/2003
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.01(d)

Meet the Author

Iris Rainer Dart is the author of eight novels, including the much-beloved New York Times bestseller Beaches. The mother of two children, she lives in California with her husband.

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