THE DRUMMER’S WIDOW is the story of one woman’s journey to understand a life without the partnership that had sustained and defined her for thirty-five years.
Widow Marisa reviews grief memoirs on her blog, edits bodice-ripper romances for income, and still shares the evening cocktail hour with her deceased husband.
Her life is disrupted when she is forced to rent rooms in her Tribeca loft to pay the bills. Her new tenants include Cassandra, a runaway Hollywood diva, and Martin, an up-and-coming jazz guitarist. When Martin asks Marisa to manage his band, she accepts the challenge and after one successful collaboration, takes the band on a European festival tour.
This decision catapults her into the unfamiliar world of life after love where she moves between the bittersweet memories of a loving marriage and the immediate challenges of the present.
Marisa soon discovers that she and Cassandra have much in common including their unwillingness to let go of their losses and move forward in their lives. Marisa’s deceased husband and confidante, Jules, travels with her on tour; and Cassandra’s former manager and lover, Ryan, follows close behind waiting for opportunities to reclaim his artist. As Marisa grapples with her new independence, she discovers a hidden strength and realizes that life always offers new possibilities if you’re willing.
THE DRUMMER’S WIDOW explores loss and love, fear and strength, and the ultimate resiliency of the human spirit.