Local pianist and writer Kris Faatz presents her debut novel, To Love A Stranger, a nuanced love story set in the backstage world of the classical symphony.
Sam and Jeannette have two things in common: a passion for music and a need to escape from themselves. They meet in Virginia in 1986 when both land their first jobs with the Richmond Symphonic Artists, a small orchestra that is fighting to survive. Jeannette, fragile and shadowed by demons from her past, quickly falls in love with the charismatic and brilliant Sam. She thinks he will bring her stability and redemption. But she doesn't know that he has secrets of his own that threaten to destroy the future they're trying to build.
Kris Faatz (rhymes with skates) is a pianist, writer, and teacher. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in music and engineering from Swarthmore College and a Master of Music from the Peabody Conservatory. Her short fiction has appeared in Kenyon Review Online, Potomac Review, Reed, and other journals. Her first novel, To Love A Stranger, was a finalist for the 2016 Schaffner Press Music in Literature Award before being released by Blue Moon Publishers (Toronto). Kris has been a contributor at the Sewanee Writers' Conference and a contributor and fellowship recipient at the Kenyon Review Writers Workshops.
Kris will read from the novel and share some of the music that inspired the story. Copies of the book will be on sale at a book signing following the program.
Writers LIVE programs are supported in part by the Miss Howard Hubbard Adult Programming Fund.
Saturday, September 16 at 11:00am
Roland Park Branch, Meeting Room
5108 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21210