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A First-Time Novelist and His Remarkable Debut

Dennis McFarland's severe stage fright led him to give up a career as a concert pianist. He chose writing instead, in part because it didn't involve performing in front of an audience. His first novel, about a divorcé whose brother commits suicide, is called The Music Room.


Other segments from the episode on July 12, 1990

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, July 12 1989: Interview with Peter Bart; Review of 2-Live Crew's album "Banned in the USA"; Interview with Dennis McFarland; Review of the film "The Adventures of Ford…


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