Glissando Paperback – June 20, 2018
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"A supreme jazz love story that swings with a deep appreciation for the music and its practitioners."
Lezlie Harrison, vocalist and radio announcer at WBGO-FM
"A sparkling and authentic love story full of heart, joy and surprise. Ms. Burke artfully layers passion and pain until the very last page."
Bianca Rossini, singer/songwriter
"Debbie Burke has penned a great story. I couldn't help but smile when reading about cool, suave trumpeter Vince who liked his coffee with a twist. No doubt, Glissando brings jazz and romance with many turns along the way. Excellent read!"
Maurice Johnson, American jazz artist
"Dramatic. Arousing.Realistic. Unpredictable. Debbie Burke has a way with words. She breathes life into them and creates a masterpiece. Her storytelling teases curiosity and leaves you wanting more."
Char McAllister, singer/songwriter
"The writing style is very much an inner light into Ellie's thoughts."
Brooke Fredericksen, editor
"Whomever Ellie chooses,we're all rooting for her!"
Bob Andelman, co-author, The Consulate
"Thoroughly entertaining and engrossing. Wonderful characters, especially the witty, sharp-tongued narrator."
Dr. Cheryl Feldmann, psychologist
"Debbie Burke knows how to balance the humorous with the serious sides of relationships. Once you start, it will be difficult to put this book down."
Aziza Miller, singer/songwriter
"I was more than a touch envious of Ellie, a funny, feisty woman with an undeniable passion for life who knows who she is and is not afraid to take risks for what she wants, whether it is a change of career in an exciting new city or steamy encounters with a man who might (or might not) ultimately be meant for her."
Cynthia Pierce, owner, Café Yuzu/Yuzu Patisserie
"This book is sexy and true-to-life for musicians everywhere! The more you read, the more anxious you become to get to the next chapter. A must-have for your book collection!"
Kea Michaels, soul/jazz recording artist
"Story pulls you in. Feels real. Nice work."
Gaetan Giannini, author, Marketing Public Relations
"This jazzy read creates a sense of fun, mystery,and sensuality from the very beginning. The rhythm of the read kept me turning the pages to the beat. The characters are real, accessible, and sexy.Great fun, great read."
Jeff Miller, President/CEO Jeff Miller Consulting Alliance
"Smoothly written and fast-moving. Burke paints true-to-life characters in an intriguing saga of modern life and perils."
Cheryl Melnick, Eastern PA Teachers' Book Club
In Burke's (ThePoconos in B Flat, 2011) novel, a middle-aged divorcée embarks on a new relationship while contemplating whether to seduce a married man. When she was 23, Ellie Greenberg had a whirlwind romance with Rudy DeSantis, a corrections officer at a prison in the Catskills.They quickly married, but they split up after Ellie discovered that Rudy was having an affair with a girl working at the local doughnut shop. Ellie reevaluates her life, pursues her job as a paralegal, adopts a dog, and joins the local community school jazz band. As the years pass, a perpetual lack of romantic intimacy plagues Ellie, until she meets Vince Keyes at one of her jazz band rehearsals. He's a trumpet player with salt-and-pepper hair and blue eyes,and they hit it off immediately. The catch? He's married--and to a much younger woman, to boot. So Ellie begins dating her co-worker Stan Feldman. As Ellie juggles her burgeoning relationship with Stan and her private yearnings for Vince, she must decide what she truly wants in her life--and whether either of these men are meant to be a part of it. This novel is full of witty lines, as when she recalls her dates with "a slew of new future morons," including one "who wanted to have sex right from the get-go. With black candles. No thank you."There are also occasionally poignant insights into the ways that Ellie sells herself short or sabotages her own happiness. An often humorous story of a woman searching for love.
From the Back Cover
Somewhere, a trumpet plays a slow and beautiful jazz standard. The song transcends time and place, finding middle-aged Ellie Greenberg who has stumbled headfirst into a scorching affair with a very-married musician. Now she thinks she may actually be in love with him.Trouble is, he has a new life a thousand miles away.
- Item Weight : 8.3 ounces
- Paperback : 210 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1641369817
- ISBN-13 : 978-1641369817
- Product Dimensions : 5 x 0.53 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Waldorf Publishing (June 20, 2018)
- Language: : English
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- #197,674 in Contemporary Romance (Books)
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About two-thirds of the way through the book, the personality of the protagonist was revealed to be repugnant. While up until that point I was "rooting for her", for the remainder of the book I found myself waiting for her either to see the light or get her just desserts. Unfortunately (for me) the ending was not the least bit satisfying.
For the sake of full disclosure, this is not at all in my typical wheelhouse of reading; I almost exclusively choose non-fiction. So kudos to the author for keeping me entertained and engaged. But in the end I did not like the character or the story arc, and found myself increasingly annoyed. But I don't read much fiction, so perhaps that was the author's goal. If so, she succeeded.
I have to say the ending really took me by surprise. I guess the characters twist was that she came off especially to herself as an eminently reasonable and controlled woman but she had a fatal flaw ...
I was really surprised by her reaction to finding the porn. I have to say she really lost my sympathy at that point. But that is what is so interesting about this book - this woman is multi-dimensional, and as in life, is both likeable and not.
All in all a compelling read and very original and unpredictable.
Each character in Glissando is quirky, yet, likeable, even with their flaws. And the story line never grows dull. Burke writes with the kind of insight that only a writer who truly knows music can do.
I recommend this book not only to jazz fans but to anyone who can’t resist a good offbeat love story.
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Romance, Women's fiction.
Bah! Women's fiction. Its 2020, men write romance, men read romance. Outdated category.
So, I did see that Ellie was attracted to a married guy, but hoped there were going to be some mitigating circumstances...y'know, wife still, but divorce on the way, wife is a nasty woman, and there are reasons, valid reasons why they don't part. Sadly though Ellie decides before knowing anything about the wife that she wants Vince, and what she wants she gets. Having been in that situation herself and devastated by it, I just could not understand how she could do it to someone else.
The story starts where Ellie is maybe late twenties/ early thirties perhaps, then suddenly it shoots forward to where she's fifty-five, and meets Vince. I found that odd, not really knowing what happened in her life between then and now.
I also found that the writing style, very much an inner light into Ellie's constant thoughts, rather than dialogue based didn't work for me. I'm not a fan of stories told via inner monologues. That's me though, as always you may feel very differently about this book.
I'm not sure whether this is meant to be a stand alone of part of a sereis, certainly the very last line hints at a series, or more to come anyway, but there isn't any easy to find info. I won't be continuing anyway.
Stars: Two, just not one for me.
Arc via Netgalley and publishers
Burk's writing style is very unique and she definatly knows how to bring a reader into the story. The story is so realistic that at times I found myself wondering if it was inspired by true events. Not a single part of this book is overdone and that is perhaps what makes it stand out. The consistancy is remarkable.
In Glissando, the main character Elli, in telling us about herself and her transformation from innocent to cruel to victim, does a great job of teaching us about ourselves and the savagry of mankind's social habits. Elli's story teaches a valuable lesson in a brutal way and that before any other reason is why I would recomend this novel to everyone.
A well-known blogger and writer/researcher of all things jazz, Ms. Burke's musical backdrops and seasonings add a sensationally luscious feel and rhythm to the already riveting story of a searching heart.
As a real "Glissando" glides forward, it by definition cannot be stopped before its end. The same is very true for this aptly named novel: You won't be able to put it down, and be sure you hold on tightly for the unexpected shifts of harmonies and dynamics that will shock and rock your theoretical expectations!