The Alto Part


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Barbara Gilstrap

Published by Samuel French Inc

0 Male 6 Female

In 1956 in a small town in East Texas, the mother of an adolescent girl seeks to keep her dreams of a singing career alive. Her fantasies are disrupted by her cantankerous landlady and her tough talking, practical sister

The arrival of a pretty, young music teacher ignites the daughter's singing ambitions and brings mother and daughter into conflict. The child's only ally is her elderly neighbor, a whimsical spinster who fancies herself to be a painter

Forced to deal with one reality after another including a tornado the mother finally grow up and abandons her visions of a dream existence in favor of establishing a favorable future for her daughter

"A fine slice of life about romance, dreams, illusions, facing reality and finding reality as good as daydream" ~ A.P

"Gilstrap has written such likable people ... that it's a pleasure to join them all in the final chorus of their triumphant song" ~ N.Y. Post

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