Goodbye Tchaikovsky, a novel about a 12 year old violin virtuoso, was published in the winter of 2012. David Rothman, just back from playing with his orchestra in Symphony Hall in New York City, is invited with his fellow musicians to play for the Queen of England in London. David is at the top of his game, but on the morning of his twelfth birthday, David wakes up deaf.
Goodbye Tchaikovsky is a novel for people of any age learning to cope with a disability or just trying to understand what it means to lose something so precious like hearing. Psychologist Bob Rich wrote, "Thal deals with the issue of stigma and discrimination, showing that, whether you are Christian or Jewish, ethically Japanese or Caucasian, deaf or hearing, you deserve respect, compassion, decency, and love."