Strum

By Nancy Young

Literary fiction, Historical fiction, Music & musicians, General fiction, Magical realism | Paperback, eBook


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. Strum is an intricate cross-cultural tale with warm, compassionate and ultimately human characters that seek self-understanding and love in hope of finding something fulfilling and true in themselves. Each fascinating character discovers along the path the inevitable hardships of passionate love, cultural boundaries, surprise, slighted expectations, and heartbreak, before experiencing redemption.


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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. Strum is an intricate cross-cultural tale with warm, compassionate and ultimately human characters that seek self-understanding and love in hope of finding something fulfilling and true in themselves. Each fascin...


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Nancy's writing brings to life her global travel and multicultural perspective. Born in Taipei and raised in Pasadena, California, she studied English, French and Chinese literature, International Affairs, Asian History, and Film-making at UC Berkeley, Columbia University, University of Hawaii and Melbourne University. She has traveled extensively across the U.S. and Canada, and has visited over 30 countries. She worked for many years as a nonprofit arts manager and foundation officer in Los Angeles and San Francisco before becoming an arts and cultural development consultant for regional, state and federal governments in the USA and in Australia for over 16 years. Nancy authored numerous cultural development plans and policies, arts marketing books, and published a short story in the anthology, Sweet Sisters and Other Secrets (Zonta Int'l) in 2000. She now lives in Southern California and supports literacy and education through her work with the Long Beach Public Library Foundation. This is her first novel. Visit the official Strum website: www.nmcyoung.com


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Nancy's writing brings to life her global travel and multicultural perspective. Born in Taipei and raised in Pasadena, California, she studied English, French and Chinese literature, International Affairs, Asian History, and Film-making at UC Berkeley, Columbia University, University of Hawaii and Melbourne University. She has traveled extensively across the U.S. and Canada, and has visited ove...


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"A richly human, spiritual and magical tale of family, love, struggle and redemption..." The Fairy Poet

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