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IndieReader Discovery Awards 2019:
- Winner, Best First Book
"A timeless, beautifully written coming-of-age story about transformation and self-acceptance." - 5/5 stars (read full review)
Eric Hoffer Awards 2019:
- Finalist, Fiction
Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2019:
- Finalist, General Fiction / Novel (over 80,000 words)
- Finalist, First Novel (over 90,000 words)

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~ Journal 17 ~

Rounding out my music-filled week in an epic way, tonight I had the rare opportunity to hear Berlioz' Requiem performed by the Seattle Symphony... and lots of other people. We're talking six tympanists plus a percussionist, a full chorus, a tenor, and brass choirs in four separate balcony locations....

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This was a super-fun night to be sure, with three kinds of music: a fun Enescu arrangment, then colorful, powerful instrumental jazz (led by Lucian Ban on piano with legends including Billy Hart on drums), then jazz arrangements of Transylvanian folk songs with Gavril Tărmure singing.

  • Ge...

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I enjoyed the daylights out of this concert. Far from being a sleepy legacy group, the Julliard String Quartet blew all the music they played wide open. And they had a distinct sound, almost a coloring, like medium-brown, almond, and cream.

The program:

  • Beethoven: Quartet in A Major, Op. 18, N...

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On this night I went with friends to see Nareh Arghamanyan play the piano at Meany Hall. I had mixed feelings about this pianist. There was a lot of posing and acting going on, and a dress change at intermission, and a queenly posture like she was riding a chariot and/or casting commands from on hig...

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On this Saturday afternoon I heard the Philahmonia Northwest (Julia Tai, conductor) do a concert titled "Finland 100", celebrating the 100th anniversary of Finnish independence. The Finnish ambassador was in attendance, all the way from DC, and gave a speech in which she pointed out that Finland has...

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