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Author: Bradford Morrow Narrator: Christina Delaine Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2017 ISBN: 9781681687018
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From the critically acclaimed author Bradford Morrow, a literary quest novel that travels from Nazi-occupied Prague to turn-of-the-millennium New York as a young musicologist seeks to solve the mystery behind an eighteenth-century sonata manuscript

Music and war, war and music—these are the twin motifs around which Bradford Morrow, recipient of the Academy Award in Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, has composed his magnum opus, The Prague Sonata, a novel more than a dozen years in the making.

In the early days of the new millennium, pages of a worn and weathered original sonata manuscript—the gift of a Czech immigrant living out her final days in Queens—come into the hands of Meta Taverner, a young musicologist whose concert piano career was cut short by an injury. To Meta’s eye, it appears to be an authentic eighteenth-century work; to her discerning ear, the music rendered there is commanding, hauntingly beautiful, clearly the undiscovered composition of a master. But there is no indication of who the composer might be. The gift comes with the request that Meta attempt to find the manuscript’s true owner—a Prague friend the old woman has not heard from since the Second World War forced them apart—and to make the three-part sonata whole again. Leaving New York behind for the land of Dvořák and Kafka, Meta sets out on an unforgettable search to locate the remaining movements of the sonata and uncover a story that has influenced the course of many lives, even as it becomes clear that she isn’t the only one after the music’s secrets.

Magisterially evoking decades of Prague’s tragic and triumphant history, from the First World War through the soaring days of the Velvet Revolution, and moving from postwar London to the heartland of immigrant America, The Prague Sonata is both epic and intimate, evoking the ways in which individual notes of love and sacrifice become part of the celebratory symphony of life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Prague Sonata is without doubt Bradford Morrow’s magnum opus…History is thrillingly re-enacted or re-created…Compulsively enjoyable.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “Bradford Morrow is an astonishing writer…His most ambitious novel to date.”

    Joyce Carol Oates, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Rich, masterful…Morrow has long been one of America’s finest novelists. And this humanely epic tale is his finest book.”

    Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

  • “Bradford Morrow has written his masterpiece…Rich, joyous, complex.”

    Peter Straub, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • The Prague Sonata is a treasure of a novel, a deliciously enveloping musical mystery which I read with marvel and gusto…A virtuoso performance!”

    Diane Ackerman, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Suspenseful and meditative, classical and surprising, devastating and genuinely inspiring. What a gorgeous novel this is.”

    Karen Russell, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A sophisticated, engrossing intellectual mystery…[Morrow’s] captivating, hopeful book presents a vision of the broken past, restored.”

    Wall Street Journal

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About the Author

Bradford Morrow is the author of numerous acclaimed works of fiction and poetry, including Ariel’s Crossing and Giovanni’s Gift. He is also the founder of the literary journal Conjunctions, which he has edited since 1981. He received a Guggenheim fellowship in 2007 and is a professor of literature at Bard College.

About the Narrator

Christina Delaine is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator and accomplished stage actress. Her theater credits include Jewtopia, the longest-running comedy in Off-Broadway history, and the title role in Antigone at both Portland Center Stage and Kentucky Repertory Theatre. She holds a BA degree from Dartmouth College and an MFA in acting from Brown University.