One voluptuously melodic sentence follows the next taking us from Corsica to Paris to America on a journey filled with passion and secrets.” —Jana Richman, author of The Last Cowgirl
A charming tale, sparkling with originality." —Margaret Donsbach,
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Engrossing as the story is with historical detail, there is also a poignant study of a marriage – complications which still ring true today, making this a relatable and immensely satisfying read." —Arleigh Johnson, Historical Novel Society
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Rooted in historical context Kocks stitches together meticulous research of fact and fancy with her achingly human characters. Told in her evocative language, the author describes in gut-clenching detail the rapture of pure musical enjoyment; her words allow us to smell and taste and hurt along with the protagonists. The Glass Harmonica is rich fare for the senses … this [is a] most engaging piece of literature.” —Eion Flyn, Night Editor, Irish Sun
[A] provocative novel by an elegant writer who has blazed her own path.” —Jim Cullen, History News Network Read more
A novel full of rich history, love and music … Kocks writes… with all her senses electrified.” —Amie Tullius, Catalyst Magazine
As it plumbs the erotic life of the 19th century, this debut novel is filled with moments of startling insight and deep wisdom. Like the luminous music her heroine calls forth from the glass harmonica, Dorothee Kocks’s language vibrates with surprise and enchantment.” —Teresa Jordan, author of Riding the White Horse Home and
As the subtitle of The Glass Harmonica suggests, protagonist Chjara Vallé follows her desires in music and life, oversteps society’s gender roles, is exiled by her teacher, a renegade priest, and grows up making pleasure a virtue—all while balancing service and freedom.” —Anne Holman, The King’s English bookshop
[P]oetically erotic … a work of true literary art." —Jesse Paul, Elle Lit
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A riveting and unique read with plenty of twists and turns … highly recommended." —Midwest Book Review
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