Ellise Blackwell will be at Off Square Books to read and sign copies of An Unfinished Score.
Coincidentally, both lover and wife of famous orchestra conductor Alex Elling hear the same radio news bulletin that he has been killed in a plane crash. While his mistress Suzanne, a concert violist in a passionless marriage, believes that she is alone in her grief, Olivia, Alex’s wife knows everything about her husband’s many infidelities. She torments Suzanne with phone calls, and finally demands that Suzanne finish the viola concerto that Alex had begun. Only with its completion and performance will Olivia’s silence be bought. The novelist’s poignant details of a passionate relationship, juxtaposed with a widow’s unorthodox demands create an unsettled, threatening atmosphere made somehow more disturbing in the context of creativity and love.