Parnassus Books is thrilled to welcome local author Kim Teter for a discussion and signing of her debut novel, Isabella's Libretto.Isabella's Libretto is the tale of one orphan seeking her dream in Venice, Italy, in 1715--a time when music permeated the canals and lanes of the floating city. Abandoned as a baby at the Ospedale della Pietá, Isabella dal Cello has spent her entire life wondering why her mother deserted her. Now she is an ambitious teen who has worked hard to earn a place playing her cello in the orphanage's prestigious orchestra. This remarkable ensemble of girls is directed by Don Antonio Vivaldi, a colorful and complex maestro, who recognizes Isabella as a kindred spirit and nurtures her talent. One night, however, Isabella defies the rules of the Ospedale and sneaks out with her best friend. The unusual punishment devised for Isabella changes her life in a most unexpected way, testing her devotion to her musical goals--and her friends. Can Isabella satisfy an impossible choice that is put before her? Challenged by loss and betrayal, she will have to call on her pluck and perseverance if she has any chance of claiming her dream before it slips away. Kimberly Cross Teter, a proud Texas native, is a teacher and traveler by nature and a writer by happy choice. When not traveling by planes, trains or automobiles, she journeys to other ages and places via books, conversation, and education. She now lives in Franklin, Tennessee, with a wonderful husband and a loyal canine kid. She also has three grown human kids who have brought her immeasurable happiness--and a grandbaby! Isabella's Libretto is Kimberly's debut novel.
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