Posts in Lea Luboshutz
Monkey Business | part one of three

I always thought it odd that my grandmother, a famous violinist, loved monkeys.  In the various places she lived, there were no native habitats for monkeys and she must have been an adult before she saw a live one. But in her homes, there were always paintings, prints, photographs, toys, carvings, statues — you name it — monkeys everywhere. And it was certainly not an animal I associated with music.

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Lea Becomes a U.S. Citizen (with a Little Unintentional Help from a Governor)

When people ask me what my grandmother was like, I usually resort to telling stories about Lea.  Not only are many of these stories quite entertaining but they give a sense of my grandmother’s personality — confident, determined, disarmingly charming, with a wonderful sense of humor.  One of my favorite stories is how Lea became a U.S. citizen.

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Capturing a Special World

Why did I write The Nightingale’s Sonata? In the opening pages of the book, I give one answer.  My mother had entrusted to me a beautiful silver podstakannik or tea-glass holder with an enameled portrait of my two uncles as children.  My family had smuggled it out of Russia and eventually my mother passed it on to me along with boxes of family material. She had said, “You must tell the family story.” I promised I would.

But I had another reason for writing the book. . . .

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