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Family Acts: A Novelby Louise Shaffer
Synopses & Reviews
Louise Shaffer follows her beloved novels The Three Miss Margarets and The Ladies of Garrison Gardens with an unforgettable tale of poignancy, wit, and high drama.
Katie Harder and RandaJennings live on opposite coasts, have never met, and have almost nothing in common-except that they're both named after Shakespearean characters. Everything Katie has ever done orpossessed-her New York City co-op, her career as a writer for a daytime drama-was given to her by her late mother, in her day a flamboyant soap opera queen. Randa, on the other hand, has escaped thetrappings of a difficult past and forged a life as a single mom, juggling her work as a Hollywood business manager with the needs of her precocious eleven-year-old daughter.
Life takes an unpredictableturn for these two strangers when they jointly inherit the century-old Venable Opera House, a stately but run-down theater in small-town Georgia. Puzzled at this peculiar legacy, Katie and Randa are at first eager tounload their white elephant. But as they spend more time in the old theater, they come to realize that a rich heritage is at stake. A line of strong women-starting with Juliet Venable in the late nineteenthcentury-has been responsible for keeping the grand old place up and running. In the face of huge obstacles, including a dying theater culture and their own personal struggles, these singular women have gone todrastic measures to keep the opera house in the family-including burying a devastating family secret that could destroy the carefully cultivated Venable legend forever.
Now, as a localcontractor seeks to tear down the landmark, Katie and Randa must decide not only if they want to unravel their mysterious connection to the theater and maintain its tradition but if they have what it takes to keep theVenable family legacy alive.
A sprawling page-turner about maintaining family honor and lifelong dreams, Family Acts is Louise Shaffer's most powerful and assured novel todate.
From the Hardcover edition.
Meeting for the first time in small-town Georgia after being notified that they have received a bequest--a stately but dilapidated opera house--Katie Harder and Randa Jennings, two women who live on opposite coasts of the U.S., set out to uncover their connection to the Venable Opera House, while struggling to preserve their legacy and keep the theater's tradition alive. 30,000 first printing.
About the Author
Louise Shaffer is the author of The Ladies of Garrison Gardens and The Three Miss Margarets. A graduate of Yale Drama School, she has written for television, and has appeared on Broadway, in TV movies, and in daytime dramas, earning an Emmy for her work on Ryan’s Hope. Shaffer and her husband live in the Lower Hudson Valley. www.louiseshaffer.com
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