Author of the historical novel "An Unofficial Marriage"
Hi, everybody, I'm a long-time Los Angeles resident, now living in the Umbrian countryside. My most recent release is a historical novel, "An Unofficial Marriage," published by Arcade in March 2021. Set against the backdrop of the tumultuous events of 19th century Europe, it's the story of the equally tumultuous real-life love affair of two great artists—the famous Russian author, Ivan Turgenev, and the celebrated French opera singer, Pauline Viardot. My previously published works include "Marked for Life," a memoir of growing up with a facial difference, published by Harmony/Crown, "Infusions of Healing, A Treasury of Mexican-American Herbal Remedies," published by Fireside/Simon & Schuster, and a short novel, "I Wouldn't Leave Rome to Go to Heaven. With Esmeralda Santiago, I edited two stories anthologies: "Las Christmas: Favorite Latino Authors Remember the Holidays," and "Las Mamis: Favorite Latino Authors Remember Their Mothers." I'm currently working on a novel set in 1749, based on the diary of an 18 year-old girl who was seized at gunpoint from her home in the Rome Ghetto and carried off to a convent where she was relentlessly pressured to convert. In Los Angeles, I was a founding editor of the L.A. Weekly, and founder and editor-in-chief L.A. Style and Sí magazines. I'd love to talk with you about what I've learned during my long years as an author, the craft of writing, and the stories behind my books.
“Readers will be swept along . . . Davidow writes beautifully about the artistic vision and technical demands involved in singing opera. The varied settings feel exquisitely vibrant, from chic, restful Baden-Baden, in Germany’s Black Forest, to politically fraught Paris during France’s Second Republic."—Booklist “Lyrical and dramatic, like the best operas, Joie Davidow’s AN UNOFFICIAL MARRIAGE guides us on an emotional journey against the backdrop of stormy historical events. Brava!” —Esmeralda Santiago, bestselling author of Conquistadora and When I Was Puerto Rican "In prose as tender as Turgenev's feelings for the legendary diva, Davidow weaves a nineteenth century tale of helpless obsession and undaunted love." — Elizabeth Cobbs, bestselling author of The Hamilton Affair “A tale of culture and passion, a trove of delights for lovers of literature and opera, and an eye-opener for everyone who’d like to learn more about both.” —Judith Dupré, NYT best-selling author of Churches, Skyscrapers, and One World Trade Center “Reading this expansive, intimate book during a time of crisis is like emerging from a sensory deprivation tank. The sights, sounds, scents, and, oh, the touches, in Joie Davidow's novel about Ivan Turgenev's furtive love affair with international opera diva Pauline Viardot create a world so vivid and seductive, you'll never want to leave." —Cathleen Medwick, author of Teresa of Avila: The Progress of a Soul “How fascinating to get a glimpse into the private life of Turgenev and the even more intriguing Pauline Viardot, proclaimed by many of her contemporaries to be a musical genius. Joie Davidow is herself an opera singer and the portrayal of Viardot’s passion for her vocal instrument, her preparations for performance, and her sadness when, with age, her singing voice begins to lose its power and precision, all feel extremely authentic.”—Jane Harris, award-winning author of Sugar Money
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