The Glass Harmonica: A Novel

The Glass Harmonica: A Novel

by Louise Marley
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The Glass Harmonica: A Novel by Louise Marley

Eilish Eam is an orphan and street musician, living in 1761, London. She survives on pennies and applause, and nothing more. Until the night Benjamin Franklin stops to listen, awe-struck by her gift-and with plans for her future...

Erin Rushton is a classical musician living in 2018, Seattle. She stands in the orchestra, consumed by the music-and haunted by visions of a young girl from a different time, who needs her help...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101207901
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/2001
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
File size: 408 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Lousie Marley, a performer of classical music, is the author of several novels including The Terrorists of Irustan and The Glass Harmonica, which was the co-winner (with Ursula LeGuin’s Tales from Earthsea) of the 2001 Endeavor Award for Outstanding Achievement in Science Fiction or Fantasy. She lives in Redmond, Washington with her husband and son.

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Greg Bear

Louise Marley's knowledge of music and story make for a stunning combination of talent.

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Glass Harmonica: A Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book years ago and never forgot how great it was. I am looking foward to reading it now on my new nook.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Whether you call this book sf, fantasy, or historical fiction, it's wonderful storytelling. The genre doesn't matter so much as the characters and what happens to them and what the world is like that they live in. Meet colorful Ben Franklin, the charming boy Mozart, and two appealing musicians who reach out to each other over two centuries--just a delightful novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a pleasure of a book, really two stories in one--lots of authentic historical detail, lots of interesting science in the near-future. The glass harmonica is a real instrument with a very strange history, and makes a wonderful vehicle to tell the stories of Eilish Eam, Irish orphan of the 18th century, and Erin Rushton, famous musician of the 21st century. Along the way, the reader gets to meet Ben Franklin and the young Mozart. Terrific read!
harstan More than 1 year ago
A pathetic waif in eighteenth century London and an ultra-famous concert musician in twenty-first century America. What could they possibly have in common? Perhaps it is the odd musical talent they both possess, and the unusual musical instrument they play. For Eilish Eam, the water-filled glasses are old and dirty and apt to be broken. For Erin Rushton, the glass harmonica is a prized and beautiful instrument. But both of them can play, and each of them is aware of the other. Three centuries and thousands of miles apart, Eilish and Erin's lives are destined to be intertwined.

Louise Marley makes music with her words in The Glass Harmonica. She imbues both the eighteenth century waif and the twenty-first century diva with characteristics the reader cares about. The idea is fresh, the story is compelling, and Ms. Marley's writing is engaging.

Rickey R. Mallory