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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

TONIGHT: Mary Soderstrom launches River Music!

Come celebrate beautiful music and strong women at the launch of Mary Soderstrom's new novel, River Music. On the program: passion and the piano, plus a reading by Mary. The event will take place tonight, Wednesday, May 27 at 7 p.m.

About River Music: Gloria Murray’s daughter jokes that Gloria would have sold her first born to further her musical career — a reproach closer to the truth than anyone but Gloria suspects. Gloria knows from the moment she hears a soaring song played on the piano that she must follow that river of emotion. After an adolescence playing in churches and hotel lobbies, she prepares to study in post-World War II France, but then another sort of passion intrudes and, halfway through her year abroad, she finds herself forced into a hard choice that she shares with no one. Back in Canada, her career blossoms, she marries and has two children, and her secret seems best forgotten — until, thirty years later, her past and her career collide. Set against a backdrop of war, economic changes, and social upheavals, River Music explores the sacrifices that women make to fulfill their destiny, the wildcards of sex and passion, and the complicated relationships between mothers and their children.

Mary Soderstrom is the author of five previous novels: The Violets of Usambara (2008), After Surfing Ocean Beach (2004), The Words on the Wall (1998), Endangered Species (1995), which was a finalist for the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction; and The Descent of Andrew McPherson (1977), a finalist for the Books in Canada First Novel Award. Her collections of short stories include Desire Lines: Stories of Love and Geography (2013), The Truth Is (2000) and Finding the Enemy (1997), which was also a finalist for the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. She is also the author of several works of creative non-fiction, including Green City: People, Nature and Urban Places, a Globe and Mail best book of 2007. Originally from the West Coast, she has lived in Montreal for decades.

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