by Nancy Young


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Bernard, a deaf young woodworker, is drawn into an old growth forest in rural Québec by mysterious and compelling music. Summoned there by the spirits of his Iroquois and European great-grandparents, he witnesses a colossal 800-year old cedar fall literally at his feet, and nearly loses his life salvaging a portion of the great tree to craft an instrument worthy of the music he hears. His creation of two exquisite classical guitars imbued with the spirits of his ancestors sets in motion an intricate yet intimate story of turbulent times and tumultuous family relationships. Reaching across two centuries and four continents - from a convent in the French Alps to the jungles of Southeast Asia to an opera house in Sydney - Strum is a sweeping tale told against a backdrop of forbidden but enduring love, blind faith, war, and the legacy of six generations of a mixed-race family torn by tragedy but bonded by a music destined to reunite them.

"Young's debut novel delights the reader in a mesmerizing story you can't stop reading. Definitely a page turner!" ~ Francisco Vargas, American Library Association

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592999378
Publisher: First Books
Publication date: 06/12/2013
Pages: 380
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.78(d)

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Strum 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Strum is a fantastic read! If you are a fan of travel, history, sociology and music, you will be captivated. I felt as though I was along on the journey through hundreds of years, to Quebec, Paris, Chang Rai and Kathmandu. i was introducing to complex and compelling characters and reminded of the meaning of family and relationships and of the power of music. I say "two thumbs up"!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exceptional indeed. Young captured my attention from the very first pages in this fabulous novel. Following a hauting melody that he can feel in his soul, Bernard is driven on a journey that takes him into the woods beginning a story that weaves the lives of many characters over a century of time and the loves they have won and lost. Excellent novel, a wonderful story that belongs on the bookshelf of anyone who fancies a realistic escape with just a touch of mystery and magic; highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nancy Young is a born storyteller.  Her fine writing reflects the gifts of compelling characterization and descriptive clarity enhanced by her graceful literary style.  From the beginning, the book echoes her deep respect for this hypnotic tale.  It is a must-read!
MonaLeeNYC More than 1 year ago
Good book, great characters. The book lives up to its promise of love, war, family, spirits, music... and surprisingly steamy love scenes! You feel like you're there in the moment... in the forest, mountains, jungle. Very descriptive and good dialogue. Great memorable characters. Read it!!