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A Joyful Noise

Claiming the Songs of My Fathers

Deborah Weisgall


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In A Joyful Noise, Deborah Weisgall tells a moving story of her turbulent coming-of-age in the shadow of two remarkable men who lived life as if they were characters in an opera. The daughter of a mercurial composer and the granddaughter of a legendary cantor, Deborah as a child longs to be entrusted with their precious music and carry it on herself. But it is impossible; she is a girl.

A Joyful Noise recounts Deborah's search for a place within the family tradition and, finally, her triumphant discovery of a way to make the men who would exclude her -- who are also the men she loves -- listen to her voice. A Joyful Noise is a tender, heartbreaking, beautifully written chronicle of the power of memory, the survival of faith, and the pursuit of a grand musical heritage.

Grove Press, 9780802137302, 272pp.

Publication Date: August 2, 2000