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The Descent of Music: Stories
     

The Descent of Music: Stories

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by Deborah Cumming, Nicholas Cummings (Editor)
 

A moving collection of stories about art, friendship, motherhood, and music, The Descent of Music collects the best of Deborah Cummings poignant stories in one volume. In Mitral Valve, a mother and daughter find each other through a man who loved them both. In Marian Anderson, a disenchanted woman finds meaning in an old playbill. Cummings’ quiet humor

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A moving collection of stories about art, friendship, motherhood, and music, The Descent of Music collects the best of Deborah Cummings poignant stories in one volume. In Mitral Valve, a mother and daughter find each other through a man who loved them both. In Marian Anderson, a disenchanted woman finds meaning in an old playbill. Cummings’ quiet humor shines through Reunion, when the narrator tells a lost amour: "I was in love with your motorcycle. I had to be if I wanted to get anywhere near you."

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Publishers Weekly
The fine-spun, meditative stories in Deborah Cumming's debut collection, The Descent of Music, capture a generation of women who forged careers and raised children in the '60s and '70s, and are left to wonder what now? At a 25th Peace Corps reunion, a woman and her former lover muse about what has become of their activist spirit and reminisce about his motorcycle, which rivaled her for his affections. An elderly woman who has recently installed her husband in a nursing home revels in the eerie pleasures of solitude. A cosmopolitan New Yorker and former civil rights lawyer ponders her strained relationship with her "churchy" grown daughter living in Milwaukee. Some of the subject matter is familiar, but Cumming, a former teacher and Thai translator, keeps sentimentality at bay with carefully wrought prose and stark honesty. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
This introspective first collection of stories Cumming is about music and memory, reflecting upon a life spent looking for meaning, and dreams deferred. Her prose is sensual and atmospheric, as well as Proustian in its love of detail and its tendency to use triggers to bring back floods of memory. "Marian Anderson" explores a complex relationship between a stepmother and a stepdaughter via a dispute over ownership of a record album. "How It Could End," (seemingly) details the last few hours of a woman's life, closing in a way that is as satisfying as it is ambiguous. Several stories involve characters who, like the author, have spent time in India. The languid pace, as well as the exclusive focus on women's experiences and perspectives, may limit the book's appeal, but those interested in exploring a world where the "truth of what happened" is negotiable will not be disappointed. For public and academic libraries. Christine DeZelar-Tiedman, Univ. of Minnesota Libs., Minneapolis Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780970272010
Publisher:
New Harbinger Publications
Publication date:
02/01/1902
Series:
Plum Branch Press Series
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 7.06(h) x 0.46(d)

Meet the Author


Nicholas Cummings, PhD, is distinguished professor emeritus of clinical psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno, and president of the Cummings Foundation for Behavioral Health.

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The Descent of Music 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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The Descent of Music by Deborah Cumming is carefully woven of fine stories: ideal for reading and discussing.