Chamber Music (Paperback)

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Long out of print, Chamber Music is Doris Grumbach's masterpiece.

The Pushcart Press is honored to bring her novel back on the occasion of her ninetieth birthday. In her extraordinary tale, Grumbach re-creates the aura of turn-of-the-century Frankfurt, Boston, and Saratoga Springs--an age when private passions were hidden below the surfaces of public selves.

In her later years, a woman reflects on her marriage, her stifled passions, and her life

At age ninety, Caroline Maclaren, widow of the prominent composer Robert Maclaren, finally decides to tell her own story. “Perhaps the time was not right to do it before,” she remarks. But now she takes pen to paper, reliving her sheltered girlhood, her chilly marriage to a brilliant man, and—perhaps above all—the melancholy solitude in which she has lived nearly all her life. It was only when her husband fell ill that Caroline found fulfilling companionship with Anna, Robert’s caretaker.

This masterful tale of loneliness and of passion late in life is widely considered to be Grumbach’s finest work. Bittersweet, touching, and profoundly resonant, Chamber Music is captivating.

About the Author

Doris Grumbach is one of our most distinguished writers and critics. Her novels include The Missing Person and The Ladies. She lives in Pennsylvania.

Praise For…

As if Willa Cather had decided to tell the whole truth....We are captured by her craft.
— John Leonard, New York Times

Product Details
ISBN: 9781888889536
ISBN-10: 1888889535
Publisher: Pushcart Press
Publication Date: September 17th, 2008
Language: English