Sep 27, 2008

Mozart's Sister

In 1763, 11-year-old Nannerl Mozart performed before the crowned heads of Europe with her younger brother, Wolfgang. But behind the glamour lurk dark difficulties—the hardship of travel, agonizing bouts of illness, and the constant concern over money. Their father, Leopold, is driven by a desire to bring his son's genius to the attention of the world. But what about Nannerl? Is she not just as talented? In a time where women's choices are limited, what hope does she have of ever realizing her own dreams?

Nancy Moser does a great job capturing the life of Nannerl Mozart. I am not usually a fan of books written in first person, but this book was well done. On Nancy's web page she has a document file about the facts and fiction in her book. It is interesting to see how she used the facts that we have about Nan's life and added the personal touches that brought the book to life. A good study on how to write historical fiction.

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