This is the second post in my "Authors I admire" series. And this time, I am happy and honored to introduce Susan Dormady Eisenberg and her wonderful debut novel THE VOICE I JUST HEARD. If you like stories about music and love, you will enjoy her work. She is an experienced writer and has a background in singing and her novel about the struggle of a young singer to fulfill her dream touched me deeply.
Susan Dormady Eisenberg is a journalist and
author of a novel, The Voice I Just Heard.
Eisenberg has written an upcoming article about the late Broadway-opera
baritone, Bruce Yarnell, which will appear in Classical Singer Magazine this fall, and frequently writes about
the arts, TV & travel for Huffington
Post and Open Salon. She’s
drafted a second novel about the drive to be a mother, Lucky For You, which she is now editing, and she’s researching a
third novel about American sharpshooter, Annie Oakley. Her web site is www.susandormadyeisenberg.net.
THE VOICE I JUST HEARD
depicts a summer in the life of a young
soprano who yearns to perform on Broadway, never imagining she has the talent
to sing opera. It also features a backstage romance that may or may not evolve into
Nora Costello battles self-doubt and parental disapproval, problems that seem
insurmountable when her brother Liam dies in Vietnam. Though she meets an
unlikely mentor who supports her vocal ambitions, Nora wonders if she’ll
survive the loss of Liam, much less find the strength to compete in a business
known for heartbreak.
This haunting debut novel poses a universal question: How far will you go to
chase a dream? As Nora searches for the answer, she finds she must heed the
most important voice of all, the whisper of her own heart.
My thoughts on THE VOICE I JUST HEARD:
My mother was a singer, not a professional one, but she sang all the time--at
home while cleaning, in church, and community choirs. Our home was filled with
her lovely voice, so when I read the blurb about THE VOICE I JUST HEARD by Susan
Dormady Eisenbeg, I knew it was a book for me. And I was not
This is the story of a young girl whose passion is to
become a professional singer. Full of yearning and self-doubt, with the shadows
of a dead brother, a family breaking apart, and parents opposed to her vocation
looming over her, Nora nevertheless pursues her dream. Bart, somewhat older but
equally confused, struggles to get his career in singing back on its feet and
clean up his family life. They fall in love but the obstacles in their lives and
their own hang-ups sabotage their early relationship. Only as more mature
people, secure in themselves, would they have a chance to make it
This beautifully told and carefully researched and crafted novel is
full of vivid and sensual details. The characters--flawed, self-absorbed, yet
loving and generous--are convincing and their development as artists and human
beings feels real. A lovely book I can highly recommend.
Links to THE VOICE I JUST HEARD:
Friday, June 28, 2013
Authors I admire - Susan Dormady Eisenberg
Christa Polkinhorn, originally from Switzerland, lives and works as writer and translator in the Los Angeles area, California. She divides her time between the United States and Switzerland and has strong ties to both countries. She is the author of five novels and a collection of poems. Her travels and her interest in foreign cultures inform her work and her novels take place in several countries. Aside from writing and traveling, she is an avid reader and a lover of the arts, dark chocolate, and red wine.