Main Point welcomes author Martha Anne Toll to celebrate her debut novel, "Three Muses." She'll be joined by guest Moriel Rothman-Zecher, whose new novel "Before All the World" is a mesmerizing, inventive story of three souls in 1930s Philadelphia seizing new life while haunted by the old.
“Three Muses is a hauntingly beautiful testament to the power of art and love. With exquisite craft, Toll writes about dance and music in sentences that sing. She is a writer to watch.” —Lara Prescott, New York Times bestselling author of The Secrets We Kept
RSVPs are requested via Eventbrite - walk-ins are welcome until the event is full. Masks are still required for guests during events. Both authors' books are available for purchase via Evenbrite, the store's website, and at the event.
About The Author
Martha Anne Toll’s reviews, essays, and short fiction regularly appear in NPR Books, The Washington Post, The Millions, and elsewhere. A passionate advocate for racial and social justice, Martha was the founding Executive Director of the Butler Family Fund. She lives with her husband, a climate activist, and their espresso machine just outside Washington, DC. They are the lucky parents of two daughters. Three Muses is Martha’s debut novel. Please visit her at www.marthannetoll.com and @marthaannetoll.
About "Three Muses"
Three Muses is a love story that enthralls: a tale of Holocaust survival venturing through memory, trauma, and identity, while raising the curtain on the unforgiving discipline of ballet. In post-WWII New York, John Curtin suffers lasting damage from having been forced to sing for the concentration camp kommandant who murdered his family. John trains to be a psychiatrist, struggling to wrest his life from his terror of music and his past. Katya Symanova climbs the arduous path to Prima Ballerina of the New York State Ballet, becoming enmeshed in an abusive relationship with her choreographer, who makes Katya a star but controls her life. When John receives a ticket to attend a ballet featuring Katya Symanova, a spell is cast. As John and Katya follow circuitous paths to one another, fear and promise rise in equal measure. Song, Discipline, and Memory weave their way through love and loss, heartbreak and triumph.