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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Booktrope Editions (November 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935961403
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935961406
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,176,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Packed with comic misadventures, mystery, intrigue and opera lore, the book rollicks along to a satisfying conclusion....The details involved in putting on an important opera are fascinating and true, particularly the technical discussions about staging...readers need not be opera buffs to enjoy this novel." - Kirkus Reviews

"Gale Martin is an opera fan who writes about opera for fun. She has outdone herself with this musically themed farce about love and sex among the members of a small-town opera company...[A] charming, intelligent and welcome first novel. Expect more from Gale Martin - she's on a roll." -- Curled Up with a Good Book

Finalist in the 2012 National Indie Excellence Awards - New Fiction

From the Author

Truth be told, I had a complete blast - a party in my head every day - writing DON JUAN IN HANKEY, PA, my backstage novel about a small-town opera guild and all the problems they encounter producing Mozart's Don Giovanni. Seduction. Visits from ghosts. Murder. Comic intrigues. Convoluted mysteries. And, of course, lust, longing, lust, love. Have I mentioned unbridled lust?

After the baritone singing the title role pulls out of his contract, the guild hires a gifted gaucho from Argentina who won a fictional, international opera contest called Operatoonity. Hence, the name for my blog celebrating opera is also Operatoonity!

Here are some of my favorite review snippets from readers and reviewers just like YOU:
  • "'Don Juan' perfectly captures our own faults, those of ambition, greed, lust and naivety, and makes us laugh at our own self-importance. This book strikes a human chord in such a comical way that I couldn't put it down."
  • "Guess what? I want to learn more about opera now. What fun and how clever."
  • "I want more from this author. I will recommend this book to all my friends."
  • "What makes this novel so special is that are the many levels to discover and enjoy, as in every good novel."
  • "Now maybe I don't know much about opera or Mozart but I'm pretty sure I know a good book when I read one and Don Juan in Hankey, PA is definitely a good book."
  • "I REALLY LOVED THE BOOK!!! Honestly, I wish there was a sequel already."
  • "Don Juan in Hankey, PA will help your own heart sing. And who among us doesn't yearn for that?"

More About the Author

Website: http://galemartin.me
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Gale_Martin (@Gale_Martin)
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/galeEmartin
Email: galemartin.writer@gmail.com

Gale Martin is an award-winning writer of contemporary fiction who plied her childhood penchant for telling tall tales into a legitimate literary pursuit once she hit midlife. She began writing her first novel at age eleven, finishing it three and a half decades later.

Her newest novel is a murder mystery called WHO KILLED 'TOM JONES'?, a rollicking romp into the cutthroat world of Tom Jones tribute artists (Booktrope 2014).

Her debut novel, DON JUAN IN HANKEY, PA, (Booktrope 2011)is a humorous homage to Don Giovanni, Mozart's famous tragicomic opera about the last two days of Don Juan's life. It was named a 2013 Best Kindle Book by Digital Book Today and a Finalist in the 2012 National Indie Excellence Awards for New Fiction. Her second novel GRACE UNEXPECTED (Booktrope 2012) is wryly witty women's fiction featuring Grace Savage, a 30-something protagonist with a heart of gold, wrapped in lead.

Gale would commit a misdemeanor to score some Babybel cheese and goes weak-kneed for hummingbirds. She is a wife and mother of one and a communications director by profession.

She blogs about opera--the art form, not the platform and is an opera reviewer for Bachtrack, an online site featuring classical performance worldwide. She can name any aria in three notes. Okay, five notes, perfectly sung, with full orchestration.

She has a master of arts in creative writing from Wilkes University. She lives in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, which serves as a rich source of inspiration for her writing.

Customer Reviews

The plot is great fun, and the characters charmingly developed.
ShyReviewer
Though I'm not a big fan of opera, after reading the book - it makes me want to attend opera more and seeing Don Giovanni is a must for me at this point.
DonFred
For anyone who likes a quick, fast reading, fun book, I highly recommend Don Juan in Hankey, PA.
Joan Z.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Danger M. An on December 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
If you like to laugh, if you like quick paced action and if you like well drawn characters, then this book is a must read. Follow the desperate actions of a small group of dedicated opera folks as they try to save their opera house by staging a fantastic production. Laugh till it hurts while you whisk your way through this thoroughly enjoyable first novel from a truly talented author.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By anewfan on December 3, 2011
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I started out skeptical--a farce about opera in a small town? I'm now a fan, of Hankey PA, of opera, and the laugh-out-loud escapades of these folks in the opera guild. Fantastic! I hope Gale Martin will be giving us more, and soon. "A New Fan."
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By ggsanch on December 4, 2011
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One doesn't have to be an opera fan or even know a single thing about opera to appreciate this fun, fresh, fast-paced book by talented new author Gale Martin. It has just the right balance of great characters, unpredictable story line & witty humor to keep the reader hooked until the last page. As I read the book, I kept thinking what a great play or even film it would make. I want to see lots more from Ms. Martin!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Holly Weiss VINE VOICE on April 26, 2012
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A dying theater in a declining town mounts an opera production to stay afloat. Don Juan in Hankey, PA is a colorful backstage adventure with a hilarious cast of characters. Something calamitous happens when the leading man (Don Juan/Don Giovanni) pulls out of his contract. Despite many complications, the opera guild recovers and mounts their production.

The book cover promises much and the book delivers. It is a wonderful mosaic of lust, jealousy, laughs, hifalutin egos, outrageous events and wounded hearts. The book is farcical, clever and witty. Although it centers around an eighteenth century opera, the modern-day characters use cellphones, Facebook, buy puppies online and take lithium. Because it is a Don Juan story, expect much bravado and a few sexual references.

For those who don't know opera, the book is accessible and fun. For those who do, there's an extra bonus. Puns on opera titles and happenings abound. If you need some light reading, I recommend this great romp.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ginger Marcinkowski on November 26, 2011
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I'm a simple Alabama girl, not a big city opera buff, but this book, recommended by a friend, had me laughing and loving opera! I could envision our own small opera guild and it's cast of small town characters doing just what Ms. Martin's roaringly funny guild members do! "Don Juan" perfectly captures our own faults, those of ambition, greed, lust and naivity, and makes us laugh at our own self-importance. This book strikes a human chord in such a comical way that I couldn't put it down. I haven't read a book in a long time that has taken me through to the end in such a humorous fashion! A wild and funny must-read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cynseer Booklover on March 1, 2014
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Don Juan in Hankey, PA by the talented Gale Martin is a pure delight to the senses. I am a huge fan of opera and this book indulged that love to the highest degree. Lots of action, lots of laughter and wonderful opera knowledge. I love the characters in this novel and found myself thoroughly entertained. Highly recommended! Kudos to Gale Martin for a fabulous book! I want more!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Marcinkowski on April 9, 2012
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My wife encouraged me to pick up this book, but I was skeptical as our reading styles are not compatible. It was hilarious, the characters were well developed, and the opera setting unique! For me, it was a page turner, which was a very pleasant surprise! I'm still laughing over Aleandro's misuse of the English language! Maybe I'll start listening to my wife, as she was right, (this time.) Don Juan is not just for chicks! It's a great read!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Kindle Book Review on March 6, 2012
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The Hankey Opera Guild offers us a back stage view of the challenges of putting together an Opera.
This does not mean that you have to be an avid opera enthusiast to enjoy this book, quite the contrary.
This story branches off in many directions as it provides a view into the lives of the members of the Guild as well as the struggles encountered to put on a great production and work together as a cohesive unit.

All the major characters in this story are unique in their own way as we follow them in both their public and personal life. Each character is well defined and manages to tell their own story in a way that will keep you involved and anticipating their futures. The colorful portraits of each of these characters will pull you into their lives and you will encounter the emotions they feel as the story progresses.

This is a charming, quirky, funny, complex and wonderfully written story which takes you backstage and brings you into the drama of the opera. The conversation between the characters is sharp and witty filled with strong human emotions. Their struggles both on a personal and professional level will draw the reader into their stories.

This story also demonstrates the struggle between people of varying backgrounds coming together for a common goal and putting aside their differences to realize success. They will also realize things about themselves that will cause them to re-evaluate their own behavior and learn to be more compassionate and open-minded of others.

I recommend this book for all readers to enjoy!

Marilou George - The Kindle Book Review
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