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Don Juan in Hankey, PA Paperback – November 11, 2011
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"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
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
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a great book it had a good story line and plot. The characters flowed together nicely. It has suspense and a very dramatic tone. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Marie Marksbury
steady plot.. less drama, more action. I'm impressed with its quality and writing style of the author.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
You don't have to love opera to love Don Juan in Hankey, PA. Neither do you have to love small towns, big fish in tiny ponds, pretentious people having their stuffed shirts... Read morePublished 7 months ago by D.
Romp through Don Giovanni as you never have before. Meet characters you never dreamed of meeting in an opera house. Party as you never imagined. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Robert P. Mitchell
This book was absolutely fun and over-the-top in an engaging, operatic way. There are every-day people characters and then the exaggerated characters, like Leandro and Arnaud,... Read morePublished 11 months ago by ChaChaTuscadero
This was a funny, quick read about a group of dysfunctional misfits trying to salvage an opera house from Hankey Pa.,of all places. Read morePublished 19 months ago by annuch
I purchased this book based on a great review in the local paper. I thought the characters were totally unbelievable and the book was a bore.Published 19 months ago by DPod
This is an enjoyable, light hearted, romp through the world of small town opera. Hankey is a small town in Philadelphia with an ailing opera company. Read morePublished 21 months ago by carolynfromoz
This is a very enjoyable book. It reads like a soap opera or the plot to a comedic opera. There are quite a few characters, but the author does a great job of giving each a... Read morePublished 22 months ago by lovetoread