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  • Published: 1 October 2012
  • ISBN: 9781775530220
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 273

Music from a Distant Room


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A moving novel about a blind son with a love for music that surpassed sight and gave him a vision uniquely his own.

A moving novel about a blind son with a love for music that surpassed sight and gave him a vision uniquely his own.

A fortnight after jazz pianist Carl Tyler's funeral, his lover Tamara has one week to go before she leaves New Zealand to return to her native Chicago. His mother Nola wants to solve the mystery of her son's death, to know everything Tamara might be able tell her, so she begins an account of Carl's early life, in the hope that Tamara will remember a clue to what happened at its end.

Nola was a dental nurse in the 1960s. Her life revolved around her spotless dental clinic at the local school, the 'murder house' the kids called it. She didn't know it, but by taking an interest in young Brett's bruises, and meeting his father Bernie, her life would be changed for ever.

  • Pub date: 1 October 2012
  • ISBN: 9781775530220
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 273

About the Author

Stephanie Johnson

Stephanie Johnson is an accomplished writer whose work includes plays for stage and radio, poetry, scriptwriting and novels. She was shortlisted for the 1999 Montana Book Awards for her previous novel, The Whistler. Her novel The Hearts Wild Surf was a great success in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. She is co-founder of the Auckland Writer's Festival and the 2000 Katherine Mansfield Fellow.

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Praise for Music from a Distant Room

“Immensely satisfying, utterly believable, Music from a Distant Room is Stephanie Johnson in top form. She has written the year to date's best New Zealand novel.”

Warwick Roger, North and South


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