Oblong Online: Martha Anne Toll, THREE MUSES, in conversation with Sharon Charde.

Event date: 
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
EST. Via Zoom.


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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.

Martha Anne TollThree Muses by Martha Anne TollSharon Charde

“Martha Anne Toll's Three Muses is so surprisingly soulful. The surprise doesn't lie in the existence of textured prose that explores dance, music, love, and time in wholly different ways; it lies in how that textured prose actually creates a new time signature wholly dependent on practice and discipline. This is phenomenal writing. It just is.” —Kiese Makeba Laymon, bestselling author of Heavy, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, and Long Division

Three Muses captivates the reader from the first page to the last.” —Paul Harding, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Tinkers and Enon

Martha Anne Toll is a novelist, book reviewer, essayist, and social justice advocate. 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.
Sharon Charde has seven published poetry collections, the most recent being The Glass is Already Broken pubished by Blue Light Press in 2021. She has taught incarcerated girls poetry for sixteen years and wrote a memoir about that work, I Am Not a Juvenile Delinquent, published by Mango in June 2020. She has received many awards for her poetry, including seven Pushcart nominations, and numerous fellowships, among them Yaddo, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Deross, and MacDowell. A retired psychotherapist, she lives in Northwest Connecticut with her husband of fifty-eight years.

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ISBN: 9781646032563
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Regal House Publishing - September 20th, 2022

In post-WWII New York, John Curtin suffers lasting damage from having been forced to sing for the concentration camp commandant 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.