The Trumpet Lesson


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$16.95  $15.76
She Writes Press
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5.5 X 0.9 X 8.4 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author

Dianne Romain lives with novelist Sterling Bennett in Guanajuato, a colonial city in the central Mexican highlands. She grew up and went to college in Missouri before moving to Berkeley for graduate school. After completing her PhD in philosophy, she stayed in California, where she taught feminist ethics and philosophy of emotion at Sonoma State University and published Thinking Things Through, a critical thinking textbook. After moving to Mexico, she took up the trumpet; she has since played jazz and classical duets in the plazas of Guanajuato. With honorary grandchildren in Canada, the US, and Spain, Romain often finds herself writing on the go. In Guanajuato, she enjoys teaching beginning Lindy Hop, taming the four scaredy-cats that scrambled over her garden wall, and walking hillside goat trails.


2019 American Fiction Awards Winner in Women's Fiction 2020 Feathered Quill Book Awards Silver Winner in Women's Fiction "An arresting novel about tightly wound secrets and the art of letting go of them." --Kirkus Reviews "The Trumpet Lesson is a beautiful literary novel focused on healing and the families that are forged abroad." --Foreword Clarion Reviews "Dianne Romain's daring and delightful first novel, The Trumpet Lesson, crosses boundaries, opens wounds, and heals them, too. This is a book for anyone who has known the pains and joys of families, both old and new. Are there lessons in this book that moves gracefully from Missouri to Mexico? Indeed there are. Those who go below the surface of the narrative will find them, and they will be amply rewarded for their efforts." --Jonah Raskin, author of A Terrible Beauty: The Wilderness of American Literature "The Trumpet Lesson is an adventure of the heart set in the heart of Mexico: Guanajuato, the historic city of music and books, Diego Rivera's childhood home, rocket blasts into dazzling blue skies, and where an avocado might hit you on the head or a papaya squish underfoot! Romain knows the secrets and wonders of this UNESCO World Heritage site, and she tells the story of Callie Quinn with aplomb." --C.M. Mayo, author of The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire "I fell in love with Dianne Romain's debut novel, The Trumpet Lesson. I couldn't resist her delightfully quirky and endearing characters. And under the lightness of her lovely imagery and lively prose lives a tender story about the immensity of loss and the redeeming power of truth. As an adoptive mother, I know the joy, profound loss, and gratitude that connects adoptive and birth families--a complexity of relationship honestly explored in The Trumpet Lesson." --Sarah Lovett, author of the Dr. Sylvia Strange series "Romain spins a tale of flight from truth-telling--truth-telling to others, truth-telling to one's own heart--and of the harm this can do to both till such behavior is changed. Finely crafted, sensitively written, it is a story that will generate self-reflection in many readers." --Thomas M. Robinson, DLitt, DSLitt, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Classics, University of Toronto, and author of Plato's Psychology "Set in Guanajuato, Mexico, Romain's The Trumpet Lesson chronicles expatriate Callie's lifetime search for a daughter. Like the network of callejónes that connect surrounding neighborhoods to Guanajuato's city center, Romain's masterful storytelling leads through secret, dark passages of the human soul, confronting embedded societal attitudes toward teenage pregnancy, adoption, race, and the power of family secrets. A story of mystery, love, and redemption." -- Patricia Damery, analyst member of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco and author of the forthcoming Fruits of Eden: Napa and the Quest for a Conscious Activism "A beautiful story of a woman adapting to a foreign land, The Trumpet Lesson breathes with the authentic atmosphere of Guanajuato, colorful characters, how a trumpet lesson feels, musical lives, and plenty of philosophy. Bravo!" --John Urness, soloist and principal trumpet of the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra "Try as she might, Callie's plan to hide from life after a fateful decision is doomed. This witty, heartwarming 'lesson' in human nature navigates the complexity of guilt, regret, and longing. It shows how the heart will always find a way to form family, no matter how unconventional. All you have to do is learn to breathe . . . and perhaps buzz your lips." --Rita Dragonette, author of The Fourteenth of September