Tears and Trombones follows the talented boy, Joey, who overcomes poverty and cruelty to achieve his dream of becoming a classical musician. While his father, a blue-collar worker, discourages the boy with criticism and finally, cruelty, his mother is his most ardent supporter. Joey is amazingly creative not only in music but in ways of fighting back to maintain his dignity and his dream. With pure luck and the help of outstanding teachers, Joey excels on the trombone. He meets his soul mate in high school, but lets her go in pursuit of his musical ambition. He marries the girl who adores him, pursues him relentlessly, and this sets him up for a lifetime of intense longing for his high school sweetheart. While Joey becomes one of the finest musicians California has to offer, performs in a symphony orchestra, backs up such greats as Frank Sinatra and Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, he aches inside, feels guilty because he can’t give his wife the love she craves. From insider stories of musicians to the intensely personal, passionate encounters of a young trombonist, Tears and Trombones engages the reader emotionally and leaves a lasting impression.
Winner, Readers Favorites Medals for:
“Coming-of-Age YA Fiction” and
Winner, Independent Publishers Medal
“Best Fiction in the Western Pacific Region”
PeaceChick, on Amazon, 5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling novel from start to finish I loved this book! “Tears and Trombones” captivated me on page one. Even the title grabbed my attention, and I just couldn’t put it down. My definition of a great book is when I stay up until midnight or one am reading because I am so absorbed in it that I lose all track of time. This was the case with this book. It’s based on a true story, and it rings true from page one. I heard the author speak, and she said it was based upon stories that her husband told her. She did a great job of incorporating those stories into a work of fiction based on fact. There is so much meat to this novel that it is hard to classify. Is it about family dysfunction? Yes. Is it about a young man’s dream of becoming a musician? Yes. Is it a romance? Yes and no – sort of. All these things and more. I loved it because I love music, which is an added dimension to the book. I loved that the section breaks were delineated with music notes. Perfect… I learned a lot about what it’s like to play the trombone, and just how grueling the life of professional musicians is and what a toll it takes on their personal lives – the sacrifices they make for their music. Wow! What a wonderful book. A must read for music lovers and lovers of great fiction. Loved the era portrayed, and the setting.