On Sunday, May 20, at 2 p.m., Tacoma writer Connie Hampton Connally will give a reading and signing at King’s Books on behalf of her debut novel, “The Songs We Hide.”
Because Connally writes about 1950s Hungary with such vivid realism, readers often assume she is Hungarian. While Connally is not of Hungarian descent, she is passionate about the country and its history. Connally’s interest in Hungary’s turbulent past grew out of her love of music. Says Connally, “Through music, I discovered the story of Zoltán Kodály, a 20th-century Hungarian composer who spread music in his nation despite totalitarianism and two world wars. Kodaly’s example gripped me. What would it be like to offer beauty in a milieu of crushing fear?”
A Tacoma resident for many years, Connally began researching Hungary, and the tense national narrative coupled with the poignant stories of its people led her to write her debut novel, “The Songs We Hide.” Connally’s novel has been compared to the award-winning book, “Exit West” by Mohsin Hamid as well as the musical love story, “Once,” because Connally deftly intertwines the theme of love amid political unrest with the passion that is ignited by music.
Early reviews for the book have been extremely positive. Foreword Reviews had this to say in their starred review, “Enriching and evocative, Connie Hampton Connally’s historical “The Songs We Hide” is about the redemptive potency of beauty, love and music in post-World War II Hungary…. resounds with grace and poignancy. It is a captivating masterpiece of historical fiction.” You can learn more about the novel and Connally at www.conniehamptonconnally.com.
Reading and book signing: Sunday, May 20, 2-4 p.m., King’s Books, 218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma
Info: (253)-272-8801 or www.kingsbookstore.com/event/connieconnally