Marianne Langner Zeitlin, author of the award-wining Motherless Child, will read from, and discuss, her novel at Temple Beth El of Las Cruces on Sunday, October 12, at 2 p.m. The temple is located at 3980 Sonoma Springs Avenue.
The Toronto-born novelist moved to Las Cruces a year ago. This will be her first reading from the book in New Mexico, following several successful readings in New York City, Santa Barbara, Toronto and Rochester, New York.
Set in the world of classical music, Motherless Child is a suspenseful page-turner that takes us on Elizabeth Guaragna’s quest to understand her family’s intriguing and painful history. Using a pseudonym, Elizabeth takes a job with a concert manager who had once been her late mother’s lover, and who had used his power to squelch her father’s musical career. The novel received several awards and accolades, including being short-listed for the 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year and the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Zeitlin has written three novels, and numerous short stories, essays and articles. She also has a wealth of knowledge about the classical music world — as the widow of acclaimed violinist Zvi Zeitlin, as one of the first women to manage an orchestra, and, in her young adulthood, as an employee at one of the largest music management firms in the United States. She and her husband traveled with Igor Stravinsky, had a decades-long friendship with Leonard Bernstein, and met and befriended the most famous musicians of the 20th century, including Aaron Copland, Jascha Heifetz, Itzhak Perlman and many more. She draws on this background in this riveting novel about loss, love, power, music and the immutability of one’s past.
Her last name may also be recognized by local KRWG-FM listeners. Marianne is the mother of Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin.
Books will be for sale at the signing. In addition, it is available as an eBook. The book includes a guide for book clubs and the author is available to speak to groups about the book.