Susan Segal Aria

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Aria

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Eve Miller has lost her husband and children and lies in an Australian hospital, wondering if there is anything to live for. Then she accepts an invitation from a flamboyant, aging opera diva to stay at her New York home, and finds herself drawn back into life in ways she never expected. This remarkable debut explores women's relationships, the nature of fame-and the forces that keep us going in the face of heartbreak.

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"Susan Segal?s 'Aria' starts out like 'Un Bel Di' on notes of promise, and like that aria brilliantly fulfills its promise. This is an exciting novel, populated with fascinating characters striking sparks off each other in mounting suspense and surprise." --Oakley Hall, author of 'The Downhill Racers,' 'Warlock,' 'Separations,' and 'Ambrose Bierce and the Queen of Spades'

"The details of 'Aria' are pure operatic tragedy, while the story itself is a smart, sly look at celebrity in America. It is a tale so familiar and contemporary that it is easy to forget that it is fiction, except that it takes Segal's poetic sensibilities to make it all so heartbreaking." --Whitney Otto, author of 'How to Make an American Quilt'

"In this powerful novel about a woman's struggle to find meaning in the face of unspeakable sadness, Susan Segal's 'Aria' has the grace and lyric beauty befitting great opera. A timely meditation on both the lure and luridness of fame in a media-soaked culture, this debut exquisitely details the bonds of mother love, the very personal nature of grief, the need for self-expression, and, ultimately, the sometimes inexplicable but utterly human will to survive. It is a testament to Segal's gifts as a writer that a novel about devastating loss is not only life-affirming but transcendent." --Laurie Foos, author of 'Ex Utero,' 'Portrait of the Walrus by a Young Artist,' and 'Twinship'

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When her husband and two small children are killed in a South Pacific ocean sailing accident, Eve Miller, the sole survivor and narrator of this story, finds refuge with Isabel Stein, an aging opera diva who met Eve in the Australian hospital where she was taken after the accident.

When her physical recovery permits, Eve returns to the United States and is given living quarters in the suburban New York home of Isabel and her husband, Leo. There, try as she might to disengage from life, she is sucked back in--by her growing fascination with Isabel and opera itself, her mother's efforts to help her recover emotionally, the unwanted celebrity spawned by the accident, and, finally, by Noah Stewart, a brooding and talented young composer. Noah is also living at Isabel's; he is her protege, and perhaps something more.

As Eve struggles to regain her emotional footing, she recalls and reflects on incidents in her life with her husband and children. She follows the maritime authorities' investigation of the accident. She maneuvers to elude reporters and photographers intent on tracking her down--and prying members of the public who have seen her photo in the papers or on TV. All the while her friendship with the solicitous Noah deepens.

But Isabel turns out to be a manipulative benefactor with less-than-noble motives. Jealous of Eve's emerging relationship with Noah as well as Eve's unsought celebrity, she plots a betrayal.

'Aria,' with its haunting, suspenseful plot, is a powerful examination of women's relationships--mother, daughter, friend, lover. It is an examination, too, of the wide-ranging emotional effects of personal tragedy on those directly affected and on those around them. It is a commentary on the celebrity in contemporary society. In the end, it also is an uplifting story of one woman's rediscovery of the power of family to help her heal.

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