Judith Laura’s novel, Three Part Invention, has been re-issued in a new, reformatted lower-priced edition. The novel garnered praise from reviewers when first published, with Midwest Book Review, for example, giving it a "highly recommended" rating.
"I am really pleased with this new edition," author Judith Laura says. "Both the cover and the interior design are aesthetically very pleasing, and, the publisher, Open Sea Press, has been able to keep the list price below $15. Some online booksellers have cut the price even further, which is fine with me–the reduction doesn’t reduce my royalties." Laura said that she doesn’t know how long the price reductions will last and that, of course, her comment about royalties doesn’t apply to used books, for which authors get no royalties.
Here is a summary of the novel, Three Part Invention:
Three generations of mothers and daughters take center stage, with 20th century events as backdrop, in this novel spotlighting the power of music—from classical to jazz to rock and international folk—and the tug between ethnic loyalty and global consciousness. Alice, a classical pianist and daughter of Eastern-European Jewish immigrants, marries Izzy, a violinist and furniture salesman, shortly before the U.S. enters World War II. After their daughter Beth is born they move from New York to the fictional town of Delaware City, New Jersey. As she raises Beth, Alice exhibits prejudices too common in her generation against people racially and ethnically different from herself. Yet, in her own way, she is open to a variety of experiences. Alice’s world includes a psychic aunt, a piano teacher of Native American and Irish descent, an adult piano student in a wheelchair who reads palms, and her close friend Sophie, who has a daughter Beth’s age. Beth grows up in Delaware City caught between her mother’s value system, her own ideas—and her quest for social acceptance. When a child, Beth resents having to study piano with her mother, beginning a rift between them. In her teens, Beth is introduced to rhythm & blues by African American high school girls and soon she also develops an passion for rock ‘n roll and then jazz—all of which her mother dislikes. At college in Ohio, Beth becomes involved in the early civil rights movement with her friends Melissa, a budding reporter and sexual explorer; Valerie, Beth’s intellectual mentor, whose family is evasive about their Native American ancestry and who ponders her possible lesbianism; and Julius, a Black civil rights activist who challenges Beth’s beliefs and self-image. Alexis, Beth's daughter, is born in Denver. As a pre-schooler, she finds herself in an uncertain world, often confused because her learning disabilities reduce her communication skills. Yet she finds she can do remarkable things with music. Tension develops between Alexis and her mother as Beth struggles to overcome profound changes in her life. These three distinct voices give us a picture of the complexities of the mother-daughter relationship and of how women in three generations approach war, love, sex, death, career, friendship—and each other.
For more information, reviews, excerpts, please visit http://www.judithlaura.com/3PI.html
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