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The Violin Lover by Susan Glickman

The Violin Lover by Susan GlickmanThe Violin Lover Winner of the 2007 Canadian JewishBook Award for Fiction.

Set in Jewish London in the 1930s, Susan Glickman’s The Violin Lover is written against the backdrop of Hitler’s escalating campaign against the Jews.

This beautifully written novel tells the story of Clara Weiss and Ned Abraham, “the violin lover,” brought together by Clara’s 11-year-old son, Jacob. A successful doctor and amateur violinist, Ned is pressured to practice a duet with Jacob by the boy’s piano teacher. Though reluctant at first, Ned is charmed by the young prodigy and surprised by Jacob’s dedication and passion for music. In him Ned sees his younger self, so young and full of promise. A friendship is soon built on a mutual love for music. A dinner invitation to spend Passover with the Weiss family seals Ned’s fate and a clandestine love affair begins. Although they both agree that no one must ever know – especially not Clara’s family – their affair inevitably comes to a crashing end, with disastrous, life-altering consequences.

Unfolding like a melody, The Violin Lover is infused with music and told in three voices. It is a powerful novel about the love one feels for family, friends, culture, faith and music, and the passion that comes with it – regardless of the outcome.

“Like Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Don Coles, Anne Michaels, Michael Redhill and a host of other Canadian writers, Susan Glickman has taken a turn from verse to fiction.  An accomplished poet and non-fiction author, she manages the transition to her first novel, The Violin Lover,  with assurance…As a first novel, The Violin Lover neither misses a beat nor strikes a false note.” ~ Michael Greenstein, The National Post,  March 26 2006

“Poet Susan Glickman uses music as both metaphor and plot device in her first novel, a moving, sparely written story of family, passionate love and strife set in London of the mid-1930s…like the final note at the end of a fugue, it resonates long after it’s done.” ~ Lisa Fitterman, The Gazette (Montreal) July 8, 2006

In …The Violin Lover, Canadian poet Susan Glickman trains her clear eye upon the nature of, and conflicts between, art, domesticity and identity…Glickman’s mastery and maturity are evident in The Violin Lover.  Its final moments are as moving and inevitable as the flow of music toward its conclusion.  Readers will be richly rewarded by the beauty and power of her artistry.”  ~ Dvoira Yanakovsy, The Globe and Mail, April 1, 2006

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