I can finally talk about it!!

I have a publisher for my book about the choir!!! I’m going to get to write this book!! I have been beyond belief happy and dying to talk about it. Here’s the announcement from Publisher’s Weekly:

Unbelievable and The Restless Sleep author Stacy Horn’s THE SOPRANOS: Facing the Music at Middle Age, or How Singing in the Choir Saved my Soul, chronicling 25 years of singing in the Grace Church Choir and braids the life of a single fifty-something with the rich history at the church, the petty rivalries and romances among the choristers, and the challenge of learning and singing new music, about the particular joy of singing and raising your voice as one, to Jane Rosenman at Algonquin, by Betsy Lerner at Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency (NA).

Actually, I don’t plan to go into anything petty (but romance, yes). It’s going to be about choir life, the music, and these wonderful stories I’ve found about the history of the pieces we sing, and the composers, and the musical history of Grace Church, and this whole weekly ensemble of joy that I get to participate in.

But I’ve been dying to write a book that combines the kind of thing I did in Waiting for My Cats to Die with the research skills I learned doing The Restless Sleep and Unbelievable. This is going to be a book of heart, but you’ll also come away with a deeper understanding of music (hopefully) and this whole marvel of singing with other people. (And why you should be doing it, even if you don’t have the greatest voice in the world. I don’t!)

So thank you Jane and Algonquin and I can’t wait to write this book!!


Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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15 thoughts on “I can finally talk about it!!

  1. First to say CONGRATULATIONS on the book deal! Can’t wait to read it, I know it’ll be fascinating!!

  2. What a wonderful idea for a book. How are we going to be able to wait for it? Congratulations!

  3. Yes! Congratulations from another one looking forward to enjoying this book – and sending copies as gifts.

    I sang in a church choir as a child (in French & English) but dropped out when it became uncool…(and there was that voice change thing too).

  4. So, will you be coming back to NC? Chapel Hill is a better place to be than Durham – a college town with tons of things going on.

  5. Stacy, Congrats again on the book. Sounds like another work of passion. Sorry this next comment wasn’t written earlier, but I hope tonight is another moving and memorable performance for both you and the entire choir.

  6. How great! As you said, this will give you such a perfect opportunity to let that “quirky” and far-ranging observational skill you have and that you employed in “Waiting For My Cats to Die” to take another direction. Can’t wait for all of the revelations you’ll share with us on your journey.

  7. YIPPEE!! I am so excited. I cannot wait to read it. You and Buddy and Finney deserve a CELEBRATION with lilacs and cupcakes and pumpkin pie and earring from Tiffanys!! I know it will be a TERRIFIC book!

  8. Are lilacs available yet?? Because I would love me some lilacs. Tomorrow is my official day of celebration. I’ve had to do census work every day and haven’t really been able to indulge yet.

    Thank you everyone. I’m very very very very happy.

  9. Mazel Tov! The book I’ve been waiting for since “Waiting for My Cats to Die” Any expected publication date?

  10. You’re all so nice!! I’m afraid the actual book is far away. It will take me a year to write it and then it will take a year to get it ready for publication.

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