Our audio series "The Authors Read. We Listen." was originally hatched in a NYC club during BEA back in 2012. It's a fun little series, where authors record themselves reading an excerpt from their own novels, in their own voices, the way their stories were meant to be heard.
Today, Elizabeth B. Splaine joins us and reads an excerpt from her new book Swan Song. Elizabeth is a retired opera singer who enjoys reading and writing WWII stories that
focus on tenacity, hope and the indomitable human spirit. Prior to writing,
Elizabeth earned an AB in Psychology from Duke University and an MHA from
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She spent eleven years working in
health care before switching careers to become a professional opera singer and
voice teacher. When not writing, Elizabeth teaches classical voice in Rhode
Island where she lives with her husband, sons, and dogs.
Click the soundcloud link below to hear Elizabeth reading an excerpt from her book.
What it's about:
Ursula Becker’s operatic star is on the rise in
Nazi Berlin…until she discovers that she is one-quarter Jewish, a mischling of
the second degree. Although Hitler is aware of her lineage, her popularity and
exquisite voice protect her and her family from persecution. As Ursula’s
violin-prodigy half-sister comes of age, she comes to the attention of the
Führer, who welcomes the awestruck teenager into his elite, private circle.
When William Patrick Hitler arrives in Germany and is offered employment by his
doting Uncle Adolf, a chance encounter with Ursula leads to a romantic
relationship that further shields the young diva from mistreatment. But for how
long? Restrictions on Hitler’s perceived enemies tighten, and Ursula is ordered
to sing at Hitler’s Berghof estate. There she throws down a gauntlet that
unleashes the wrath of the vindictive megalomaniacal leader. Fearing for her
life, Ursula and Willy decide to emigrate to England. But as the ship is about
to sail, Ursula disappears. Desperately hoping that Ursula is still alive,
Willy crosses the globe in an effort to find her, even as his obsessive uncle
taunts him, relishing in the horror of the murderous cat-and-mouse game.
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