A new novel by author Ann Ireland, The Blue Guitar, focuses on an international classical guitar competition. Here is a synopsis of the book from Dundurn Press:
At the International Classical Guitar Competition in Montreal,
top-flight musicians fly in from all over the world to compete in a
grueling week. A career can be made or lost here, and the slightest
mishap - a lapse of memory, a shaking right hand, a broken fingernail -
can ruin years of preparation.
More than a decade ago Toby made the finals in a similar competition
but suffered a breakdown and is only now venturing back into the fray.
Middle-aged Lucy is tired of playing bar mitzvahs and weddings and is
determined to perform the recital of her life. Trace is a kayaking
teenager from the West Coast who seems careless in her talent.
Judges and contestants alike battle and scheme to achieve what they
desiremost. There is much more than pretty music being performed
on this stage.
Watch the book trailer here.