Fiddler's Dream by Gregory Spatz
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In deceptively simple prose mirroring the understatement of bluegrass music, Fiddler's Dream tells the story of a young musician of prodigious talent who pursues his dream of becoming one of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys as he tracks the whereabouts of his missing musician father.

"Spatz renews the timeless odyssey of a gifted young man seeking his fortune and his father. With its sure-fingered rhythms and long, gorgeous passages of prose, Fiddler's Dream contains some of the best writing I've ever read about music."-Lan Samantha Chang

"A lovely and evocative story, told with precision and infinite care. This is the best writing about making music since Frank Conroy's Body and Soul."-Mark Childress

"Spatz's control of language and metaphor is masterful. An outstanding work. Read this one!"-Gordon Weaver

About Gregory Spatz

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Gregory Spatz is the author of the novels Inukshuk, Fiddler's Dream, and No One But Us, and the short fiction collections Wonderful Tricks and Half as Happy (forthcoming from Engine Books in 2013). He has also written for the Oxford American and Poets and Writers and his stories have appeared in many publications, including The New Yorker. He is the recipient of a Washington State Book Award, Spokane Arts Commission Individual Artist of the Year Award, and National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he teaches in the MFA program at the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University. When he's not writing or teaching, Spatz plays fiddle and tours with Mighty Squirrel and the internationally acclaimed bluegrass band John Reischman and The Jaybirds.
Published March 16, 2006 by Southern Methodist University Press. 264 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Jesse Alison has been living alone with his mother in Vermont since his singer/guitarist father, Hank, abandoned them when Jesse was eight.

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The novel follows a young bluegrass musician as he seeks his long-lost father — and a chance to play with the bluegrass legend, Bill Monroe.

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His stories have appeared in many publications, including The New Yorker, Iowa Review, Shenandoah, and New England Review.

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