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The Education of Delhomme

The Education of Delhomme:
Chopin, Sand, & la France

(historical fiction)

 Release date: November 17, 2020
at History Through Fiction

280 pages

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SYNOPSIS

Beaulieu Delhomme, a piano tuner, faces the guillotine for committing treason against the newly elected French president due to his part in the bloody worker uprisings in 1848. The one person who could save him from this fate is his former arch-rival, the celebrated author, George Sand. The plot leading to his imprisonment revolves around the triangle of composer Frédéric Chopin, his lover George Sand, and Delhomme, Chopin’s loyal piano tuner. Both Sand and Delhomme compete for the attention of Chopin, who fights a losing battle with tuberculosis. The president’s spymaster uses this triangle to lure cash-strapped Delhomme into exploiting his friendship with Chopin to spy on George Sand, whose fiery rhetoric threatens the new president.

At first, before the uprisings that marked a tumultuous period out of which France’s Second Republic grew, Delhomme favors preserving the status quo because any policy changes might jeopardize his (and Chopin’s) wealthy client base. Sand wields her pen against the oppressive laws and ridicules Delhomme for his views.
Delhomme changes his opinion of the monarchy when he sees how his nephew is abused as an orphan working in a piano factory in industrial London. Delhomme becomes a double agent, paid to spy for the president while secretly working for the resistance. Sand softens her contempt when she discovers that he has switched allegiances and now promotes workers’ rights.
Delhomme is caught working for the resistance, jailed in Paris’ infamous Conciergerie prison, and faces a trial for treason. Even Sand’s testimony is not enough to trump that of the vaunted spymaster, but her fame may be enough to persuade the new president to pardon him.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

The Education of Delhomme_Nancy Burkhalter

Photo Credit: Austin Irving

Nancy Burkhalter
is an educator, writer, journalist, linguist,
and piano tuner.
She holds a Master’s degree in journalism and English education,
as well as a Doctorate in linguistics
from the University of New Mexico.
She has taught composition for many years in the U.S.,
Germany, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan, and Russia.
Her overseas work led to an interest in comparative education,
especially critical thinking.
Both observations and research led to her book and blog,
Critical Thinking Now.
In 2019, she was a recipient of Go Back, Give Back,
a fellowship through the State Department
to train teachers in St. Petersburg, Russia.
A resident of Edmonds, Washington, Burkhalter loves to travel, write, and learn languages.

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VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE

Monday, November 16
Review, Excerpt, and Giveaway
at Locks, Hooks and Books

Wednesday, November 18
Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Thursday, November 19
Review and Giveaway at Words And Peace

Friday, November 20
Review at Andrea
Spotlight and giveaway at Hall Ways Blog

Monday, November 23
Spotlight, Excerpt, and Giveaway at
Musings of a writer & unabashed Francophile

 

Tuesday, November 24
Review Spotlight and giveaway at Pop Read’s Reviews

 

Wednesday, November 25
Review by Denise

 

Thursday, November 26
Review and Giveaway at Coffee, chocolate or tennis

 

Friday, November 27
Review by Barbara

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