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Nancy Young strives to entertain, whether cohosting poetry readings, supplying interesting aliases at restaurants, or storytelling at Renaissance fairs. Although she grew up on the Philadelphia Main Line, she now lives in North Carolina, where she never runs out of material to jumpstart her novels, short stories, plays, and poems.
Her first publication was at age six, when her lion story was posted outside her first grade classroom. From then on, she was hooked, penning neighborhood dramas, improbable adventure tales, and Gothic romances through her youth. That love of the absurd and quirky never left her.
It also served her well for most of her professional life. Nancy taught literature, film, and writing at various colleges, earning awards for her instruction. She also worked as a journalist, newspaper editor, choir director, and mother. She married her high school sweetheart, with whom she shares three sons, a daughter, and a daughter-in-law. She counts them as her most devoted fans.
Bernard, a deaf young woodworker, is drawn into an old growth forest in rural Québec by mysterious and compelling music. Summoned there by the spirits of his Iroquois and European great-grandparents, he witnesses a colossal 800-year old cedar fall literally at his feet, and nearly loses his life salvaging a portion of the great tree to craft an instrument worthy of the music he hears. His creation of two exquisite classical guitars imbued with the spirits of his ancestors sets in motion an intricate yet intimate story of turbulent times and tumultuous family relationships. Reaching across two centuries and four continents - from a convent in the French Alps to the jungles of Southeast Asia to an opera house in Sydney - Strum is a sweeping tale told against a backdrop of forbidden but enduring love, blind faith, war, and the legacy of six generations of a mixed-race family torn by tragedy but bonded by a music destined to reunite them.
"Young's debut novel delights the reader in a mesmerizing story you can't stop reading. Definitely a page turner!" ~ Francisco Vargas, American Library Association