When Washington Post Carolyn See critic loves a book, she doesn’t hide it. Her review for the debut novel The Doctor and The Diva, begins, “Some novels just naturally enslave you, and this is one of them.” Set in Boston in the early 1900’s, it’s about a woman caught in a conflict between her love for her husband, her desire to become an opera singer and her desire for another man.

The novel is based on a true story that the author researched in depth. Writes See,

The details of the novel — such as the long coach rides down a Trinidad beach where the sands are firm as pavement — gets its richness from diaries, clippings and letters. The effectiveness of the narrative comes from the novelist’s striking skill. From the very first pages, we are utterly engaged in what’s going to happen to these three people — they become as close to us as family friends.

It ‘s published under a new Viking Penguin imprint, Pamela Dorman Books. Dorman is known for acquiring and editing The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards, Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding and The Deep End Of The Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard.  When she was at Hyperion, she was responsible for The Physick Book Of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe, The Monsters Of Templeton by Lauren Groff,  as well as the memoirs The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan, and Perfection by Julie Metz.

The Doctor and the Diva: A Novel
Adrienne McDonnell
Retail Price: $26.95
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books – (2010-07-22)
ISBN / EAN: 0670021881 / 9780670021888

Large Print, Thorndike Press, 9781410428554; October 2010

Comments are closed.