People often talk about publishing books along with other grandiose plans, but local author Susan Dormady Eisenberg went ahead and actually did it. Her debut novel, “The Voice I Just Heard,” came out a few months ago.
The novel follows the life of Nora, an aspiring singer who tragically loses her brother during the Vietnam War. Nora’s talent is tempered by her self-doubt and her father’s unsupportive sentiment toward a singing career. Meanwhile, she finds herself falling in love with her mentor (and father of two) even as her brother’s best friend proposes. The plot is set against the backdrop of a tent theater, where Nora is working during the summer of 1970, as well as the political tensions that characterized the Vietnam War.
Originally from Cohoes, N.Y., Eisenberg started writing from an early age. Both a novelist and an arts journalist, she has enjoyed a variety of freelancing opportunities. Eisenberg lives in Silver Spring with her husband and daughter. She will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, as she drew upon the death of her Vietnam War pen pal for her novel.
The book is available as an ebook and paperback on Amazon (as well as The Drama Book Shop in New York City).
For other items to read this summer, check out Second Story Books in Rockville or Dupont Circle. The Rockville location has approximately half a million books in stock, many rare or out-of-print editions. The store smells the way a used bookstore should—quaintly musty—and titles are organized on the shelves. Be careful when driving in, as it’s tucked away on Parklawn Drive and easy to miss.
Second Story also purchases books in exchange for cash or store credit and offers appraisals for particularly valuable items. The Rockville location is also currently having a sale (25% off books, and 50% off prints and posters). Hours are Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.