performance, but afterwards my ribs hurt from holding in what would have been gigantic sobs. And here I am all these years later and I still choke up whenever I attend a live performance. I myself have no musical talent whatsoever, but I have always joked that next time around I want to come back as a musician, performing not alone but in the company of other musicians, lots of them. In writing River Aria, I found a way to jump the gun and get at least a taste of that experience ahead of time.
world. Collectively, the trilogy tells the story of two contingents of characters—Irish Americans from New Jersey and Amerindian/Europeans from Brazil—working out the nuances of their various relationships on two continents during the years 1908 to 1929 while they simultaneously deal with the dangers of rubber tapping, WWI and its aftermath, the Spanish Influenza, the beginnings of the Great Depression and so much more.