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Living under the shadow of two gifted parents, Astrid Nordling feels trapped everywhere but at the piano, finding solace in Schubert and Debussy. Her piano teacher is convinced that she is a prodigy; her mother is not so sure. Set in 1960s Chicago, this excerpt from Lisa Heiserman Perkins' upcoming novel shows that there can be such a thing as too much talent in a single family. As Astrid competes with her dramatic, high-strung mother for the spotlight, their tug-of-war threatens to pull the family apart.
About the Author
Before turning to fiction, Lisa Heiserman Perkins earned a PhD (University of Chicago) in 19th century British literature, taught at Tufts, Harvard, and Emerson, and then left academia to make documentary films. She was the associate producer of Loaded Gun: Life, and Death, and Dickinson�and is the writer, director, producer of Secret Intelligence: Decoding Hedy Lamarr (on hold since the recession). Her stories have appeared in Painted Bride Quarterly, Quiddity, Fourth River and elsewhere. She was a Pushcart nominee in 2011, winner of the 2012 New Millennium Fiction Prize and the 2012 Meringoff Fiction Award. She lives in Somerville, MA. �Urchin� is the first chapter of her novel-in-progress.