THE WONDER SINGER is often funny, beautifully told, and rich
with history, an entertaining literary caper sure to win over
readers looking for that perfect summer read.
Let’s face it --- who couldn’t use a break? As any
freelance writer knows, plum jobs can be hard to come by, and for
Mark Lockwood, who has labored for years with the mind-numbing
series “How to Talk to Your Teen about…” landing
the job as ghost writer for the esteemed diva Mercè Casals is
a dream. Plus, the job comes with an unexpected perk for this
middle-aged and newly restless married man: each day he gets to
spend some time with Casal’s appealing young nurse, Perla.
What could be better? Finishing the job to great success. Having a
But hopes for both fade when the Diva dies in her bath. Now, her
agent, Hollywood Hank, is demanding Lockwood’s interview
tapes, which Hank plans to pass over to a renowned celebrity
biographer, someone with a big name. And Perla, too, seems happy to
So begins the chase (or chases!) in this charmer from
award-winning novelist and short story writer George Rabasa. In a
page-turning tale of passion, great art, dramatic failures, and
nice guys (hopefully) winning first, we follow Mark Lockwood as he
hides from Hollywood Hank, with the interview tapes often secured
to his person. With the aid of Perla and the Diva’s greatest
fan (a cross dressing mimic), Lockwood writes feverishly to beat
his new competitor (who is writing without any interviews on file,
just great imagination) to New York with the final manuscript.
Rabasa takes us through the humble world of the self-employed, the
glamorous and glittering world of real stars, the grubby side of
Hollywood, and the honest, straight forward place where real love
can still triumph --- if one is not too late.
And has some sense.
THE WONDER SINGER © Copyright 2011 by George Rabasa.
Reprinted with permission by Unbridled Books. All rights