REQUEST FOR CRITIQUE OF SALES COPY (Not a book blurb). Hi everyone. Another post : my edit of the publisher’s sales copy for the first volume of my novel. NB : My publisher distinguishes between a book blurb, which is for the jacket, and sales copy – which is longer, more detailed and describes qualities of the book – and goes on platforms and in my media kit. This is the latter and it’s 221 words. I would very much appreciate rigorous critiques and editing suggestions. I should have put this up on Saturday, but I gave myself a rest and now need to get it back to the editors. Thanks in advance for your brilliant ideas. (In para 2, l. 2, I don’t like ‘second language’ and imagine that people may not understand it. What I’m trying to say is that K grew up in a bilingual household and now can study Czech formally and perfect her command of it.)
When she graduates from the Juilliard School in 1988, free-spirited Katherine Angelis balks at family expectations and the rigour of a professional career for which she seems destined. Earning a grant to study the manuscript of a composition by Dvořák in Prague gives her a year off – in a city which her family fled after the Communist coup d’état four decades earlier.
Far from home, in a culture whose literature, art and music she has been raised on, Katherine revels in her second language, the beauty of Prague and the works of composers she treasures. But she also finds herself involved in a love triangle and dangerous covert resistance against the hard-line regime.
As she discovers new purpose smuggling human rights reports out to the West and blacklisted books in, Katherine feels that opposing the kind of tyranny that has clouded her family’s life is a special kind of music…
In a lyrical and nuanced narrative, Janet Savin dramatises accelerating protest against a brutal and desperate regime in one of Europe’s most beautiful old cities. This first of two volumes draws from her life in Prague during the buildup to the Velvet Revolution and offers a poignant, and richly detailed story about an expatriate family’s longing for their home land and a young woman’s search for her place in its heritage.