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Trade Paperback
336 pages
Sep 2006
Bethany House Publishers

Mozart's Sister

by Nancy Moser

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Everyone has heard of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, yet very few know of his sister, Nannerl. Nancy Moser takes us back in time to give us her story in Mozart’s Sister.

Nannerl Mozart lives a fairytale – traveling around Europe with her family to perform for royalty. But underneath the fantasy life lies the harsh reality of financial struggles. To entertain royals, the Mozarts must dress and live far above their station while living on the generosity of their audience.

As the Mozart children grow older, their talent is seen as less amazing. Nannerl, five years older than the precocious Wolfie, feels pangs of jealousy as her brother is pushed to the forefront. He can become a famous musician. She, as a woman, can marry or give music lessons. Soon the family tours are a thing of the past as Nannerl and her mother are left at home to keep traveling expenses down. As she matures in a young woman, Nannerl wonders where her place is in a world with so few options.

In this realistic first-person account of a little-known historical figure, Moser delved into documents and letters to paint an accurate picture of a girl becoming a woman in the shadow of a famous composer. Despite melancholy tones, a hopeful theme winds through the novel, and the end of the book satisfies, even without a happily-ever-after. Recommended for female fans of historical fiction, especially those who love music. – Katie Hart, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

Nannerl Mozart's early days seem to be the stuff of fairy tales--traveling far and wide, performing piano concerts with her younger brother, Wolfgang, before the crowned heads of Europe. But behind the glamour lurk dark difficulties--the hardship of travel, agonizing bouts of illness, and the constant concern over money. Their father, Leopold, is driven by a desire to bring his son's genius to the attention of the world.

But what about Nannerl? Is she not just as talented? In a world where women's choices are limited, what hope does she have of ever realizing her own dreams?

In this lovingly crafted novel, author Nancy Moser brings to life one of history's hidden heroines.