Issue 94 |

When the Music Stopped: Discovering My Mother by Thomas J. Cottle


DeWitt Henry recommends
When the Music Stopped: Discovering My Mother, nonfiction by Thomas J. Cottle: "Cottle's memoir of his mother, Gitta Gradova, a prominent concert pianist, is first a biography that evokes her career, performances, and friendships with such greats as Rachmaninoff, Toscanini, Heifetz, and Horowitz, giving us a cross section of classical music's inner circle; second, a study of her family life and Cottle's own teenaged rebellion against her; and third, a poignant exploration of the conflict between love of art and love of family in any significant artist." (SUNY)