None Shall Sleep

None Shall Sleep

by T. D. Arkenberg

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Overview

Opera is Life! And life is opera. None Shall Sleep parts the curtain to reveal lives drawn together by one woman's dream to sing. Isabella Fabrini, a discouraged Argentine-bred consultant living in London, has little to show for her forty years but a sputtering career, a string of unsatisfying relationships, and layers of cynicism. Her bold plan to reinvent herself as an opera singer has unintended consequences even before the reluctant diva sings her first note. "Every Italian town worth its weight in pasta has an opera house," Isa says as she plans her debut. San Benedetto is no exception. The faded spa town of Isa's birth, with its nineteenth-century theater, provides the setting for concert weekend, when anything can happen. Those gathered to hear Isa sing are as colorful as characters created by Puccini or Verdi. Their mirth and mayhem rival any opera libretto. There's Telma Rossi. The fiery temptress stole Isa's fiancé but wants more-a chance to steal the spotlight and maybe crush Isa again. Luca Caruso, a dashing restaurateur who fell in love with Isa at the start of her musical journey but harbors a painful secret, which sabotages their relationship. Can concert weekend liberate him from his tragic past? None Shall Sleep is a story of hope, perseverance, friendship, and love that will captivate anyone who's ever dared to dream big. The novel was a 2014 semifinalist in the prestigious Faulkner-Wisdom competition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478762317
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date: 01/13/2016
Pages: 374
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.77(d)

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None Shall Sleep 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
15Racinereader More than 1 year ago
None Shall Sleep is a fast and fun read. The dialogue is witty and clever, but doesn't sacrifice detail in the story. The group of friends thrown together over the years in support of their favorite diva, Isa, all have their own backstories To use a well worn phrase, the book is a true "page turner.
JPAUL10239 More than 1 year ago
This is a must read. It is the third of T.D. Arkenberg's books and I must say, I am a huge fan. This is my favorite and had me laughing out loud. Telma is a character with no social filter and plenty to say. Enjoyable from the first page.
PhyllisShearer More than 1 year ago
LIFE AS OPERA NONE SHALL SLEEP has its title’s roots in the opera TURANDOT taken from the famous aria, “Nessun dorma,” popularized by the late tenor, Luciano Pavarotti. The opera’s story centers on a princess, Turandot, who must guess her suitor’s name before the sun comes up. The long hours of night pass as the princess mulls over names waiting with her subjects for dawn—all of whom she’s ordered that “none shall sleep.” As her suitor sings the beautiful “Nessun dorma,” he pleads for the princess’ love as he’s “watching the stars that tremble with love and with hope.” What a backdrop, and what a story! The idea of “trembling with love and hope” helps round out the theme of T. D. Arkenberg’s novel, NONE SHALL SLEEP while it focuses on the main character, a woman with a longing and a passion that could be any one of us. She’s Isabella Fabrini, forty years old, ready to leave an unsatisfying life behind in order to sing—not just something simple, but the demanding sounds of opera. What’s remarkable, funny and eye-opening is all she must do to transform her passion through singing lessons and rigorous practice, into solid reality—complete with a finale of a cheering audience and wild applause. Dreams take more than a wishing well here. While we follow Isabella’s story, we ask as involved readers do, how many of us could pursue our dreams?” “Are courage and longing enough?” “Will I buckle under the strain?” NONE SHALL SLEEP explores such questions in this vibrant, exciting story filled with colorful characters, unexpected sub-plots and lots of surprises. And so much more. “Of all the noises known to man,” said Moliere, “opera is the most expensive.” Nevertheless, though Isabella experiences ups, downs, self doubt, and a shaky confidence, her path to the stage culminates in the prestigious concert week, as she grows note by note and octave by octave. “To sing opera, one needs two things—the voice and the passion—and above all the passion,” Andrea Bocelli has said. And sing with passion Isabella does! What an unusual story written so beautifully by T. D. Arkenberg who clearly enjoys his subject, his characters, and even opera. Bravo, Mr. Arkenberg!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The characters are so real. Each of the three main characters is likable yet flawed. Isabella Fabrini, the woman whose quest to become an opera singer at forty represents everyone who's faced middle aged with the question, "Is there more to life?" Even the fiendish Telma, as prickly as a cactus, has her redeeming qualities. Then there's Luca whose biggest obstacle to happiness is himself. For those who love to travel in life or merely in books, the author transports us to London, Italy and Buenos Aires with vivid descriptions and rich supporting characters. A delightful story. I didn't want to to end. Bravo and encore!