"I love my husband. The man married me when he didn't even have to. Then he set me up in a huge house to domesticate the kinks out of my system while he ran his computer company."
So begins the saga of Eva Hathaway, the randy heroine who leaves a raft of heartbroken suitors when she elopes with entrepreneur Martin Weaver and moves from New York to Boston. Martin's frequent road trips provide Eva with the calm necessary to pursue her stellar career as Fanny May Tingle, award winning composer of hymns.
Despite the lingering disapproval of her blueblood mother-in-law Ruth, who would love a grandchild, Eva's marriage to Martin succeeds for four placid years. She assuages her homesickness for Manhattan with visits to Richard Weintraub, who designs artwork for her hymns, and Lionel Boyd, a high school confidante now a gay Broadway costume designer.
As Martin's absences become prolonged and a void grows inside, Eva manages to stay on the straight and narrow by composing nonstop, working out, and parrying the ravings of her alcoholic mother Chuck. Eva's formula seems to work until, one snowy afternoon, she goes to the Y for a course in self-defense.
Instructor Paul Fox, a moonlighting tenor, at once identifies his new pupil as half insane, half genius, and 200% nymphomaniac. After several false starts that would make The Taming of the Shrew look like a christening, Fox and Eva connect...to put it mildly.
Conscience, lust, guilt, and that odd duck, joy, clash in a bawdy and hilarious comedy, a moving love story, and a social satire that continues to reverberate with today's reader.
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About the Author
At the time of her Carnegie Recital Hall debut at age nine, she was writing her first short stories. She has continued both pursuits, with her novels providing counterpoint to the staid world of a concert pianist, or perhaps with her recitals offsetting the staid world of a writer. She lives in Boston with her husband.
An active soloist and chamber musician, she has performed at the White House, Carnegie Hall (the big one), Symphony Hall Boston, Wigmore Hall London, and major venues in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Her eclectic recordings include the complete Rachmaninoff transcriptions, Messiaen's "Quartet for the End of Time", a disc of Leo Ornstein's revolutionary piano works, and Liszt's 1838 version of the Transcendental Etudes. Her most recent disc, "Cascade of Roses", has a "rose" in each track, with rare appearances of Billy Mayerl's dazzling "Evening Primrose" and Ernest de Regge's "Variations on "The Last Rose of Summer."
Her novels happen between (and occasionally during) concerts. Music on some level infiltrates almost every book: Eva Hathaway writes hymns between amorous bouts, Floyd Beck met the love of his life at Carnegie Hall, Leslie Frost is a concert violinist, and Ross Major listens to Beethoven when the going gets rough. Characters without music fill the void with swinging, murder, and treason, activities musicians tend to eschew since that would detract from practice time.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have been a fan of Susan Isaacs for years- since Compromising Positions, and was looking for another irreverent, clever writer who seemed to understand how a guy thinks- I happen to be one. I can't remember exactly how i stumbled on this, but I was trapped her. The approach her character takes to the big issues in her life is unorthodox to say the least. Even though she doesn't seem to have too many issues when you first encounter her. I think she just created some! I bought it to reread it years later, and was jarred all over again. I guess I'd like to leave my e-mail address here and have you all tell me what it was all about. The way this woman deals with the pompous and entitled is what kept me reading- kind of justifying my own m.o. The rest- I just don't know. But I had a great time. Outrageous, I guess. Hilarious. Fun and thought provoking. What does she want?