Sing Her Name


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$18.00  $16.74
Agate Bolden
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5.5 X 8.4 X 1.2 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Rosalyn Story is a violinist with the Fort Worth Symphony and the author of the novels More Than You Know (Agate Bolden, 2004) and Wading Home (Agate Bolden, 2010), as well as And So I Sing, a nonfiction work about African American opera singers. She lives in Dallas, Texas.



"Sing Her Name is an uplifting tale told with a sure command of narrative pacing and drama. Story reveals a knack for natural dialogue and writes movingly, both about music and the devastation caused by Katrina." -- The Dallas Morning News

"Musical talent blooms in Rosalyn Story's stirring, character-driven novel Sing Her Name, a powerful story about Black artistry, women's dreams, and overcoming strife. . . . Sing Her Name is a beautiful and triumphant novel in which a talented woman works to reconcile her sense of family loyalty with her fidelity to her own considerable gifts." --Foreword Review, starred review
"Story's background as a musician and nonfiction writer about African American opera... primes her to tell this musical tale of the ghosts of wronged artists and the burdens they pass on, the legacy of place, and how we can forgive others and move on, with or without them. This truly is a novel that sings." --Booklist
"Sing Her Name is a brilliant jewel of a novel, gorgeously crafted, intensely moving, and entirely fluent in the historical and musical worlds it portrays. Such is the mastery of Rosalyn Story's double narrative that this novel of two singers, bound in spirit but separated by some seventy years, captures so much of the weight and thrust of America--of promises broken, of possibilities dangling just out of reach. Sing Her Name gives us heartbreak and heroes in nearly equal measure, and it's in that nearly--paper-thin, and wide as the ocean--that this glorious story lives." --Ben Fountain, New York Times bestselling author of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
"Rosalyn Story is a superb storyteller who has beautifully illuminated the life of Sissieretta Jones throughout her novel Sing Her Name. In her novel, the mystery and intrigue of the two main characters, Celia DeMille and Eden Malveaux, and how their lives are entwined, is what propels this moving story to an outcome that ends on a Magnificent High Note. As in her previous book, And So I Sing, Rosalyn has once again paid homage to the greatest singer of her generation, Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones. Like Rosalyn Story's novel, Sing Her Name, we will continue to let our voices rise in a loud crescendo to celebrate her life and legacy." --Harolyn Blackwell, Soprano, Metropolitan Opera

"With Sing Her Name, more than any of her novels, Rosalyn Story establishes herself as a true artist. This novel demands the musicality of a classical musician, the love of bringing history into the present, and the desire to right the wrongs of African American women, and Story weaves them together as if she were a chief conductor. Sing Her Name is Rosalyn's masterpiece. Bravo." --Sanderia Faye, author of Mourner's Bench, winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award


"New Orleans natives struggle to recover their lives as well as their property after Hurricane Katrina.... Story's musical background infuses her novel with a lyrical engaging characters rebuild their relationships and their city. The current oil-spill crisis only makes the hopefulness of this novel more moving, if heart-wrenching." --Kirkus Reviews

"Story writes with the plot-twisting precision of a veteran and a lyricism reminiscent of James Baldwin." --Black Issues Book Review