The Waco Variations, a novel





"The novel offers a universal message - that music has the power to touch our souls, to heal and calm, and so much more.....Recommended."
-- Frances Wilson, The Cross-Eyed Pianist

"The Waco Variations succeeds as a novel on multiple levels.....It is the rare skill of a good writer to illuminate the bond that exists between their characters and their readers, speaking directly to the soul. Most powerfully of all, she explores the transformative power that music, good music, can have in all our lives.  Highly recommended."
--Andrew Eales, Pianodao  

About the book

On April 20, 1993, sixteen-year-old Cassie watches her world burn to the ground. A week later—far from Waco, TX and the Branch Davidean fire that claimed her family, friends, savior, and the only life she had ever known—Cassie enters a new life—a strange new ‘normal’ life after being ripped from a cult and forced to function in routine society with little knowledge of how to navigate reality.

Cassie has just two goals: to play the piano and to learn how to be normal. Her love of music, especially the music of J.S Bach, is her only thread to a past she buries under her “normal” fa├žade, the thread that holds her together where therapy and religion fail. But Cassie’s habit of using music to hide from her emotions fails her and she must grieve the truth about losing her family and her world in the Waco fire and begin to let time, and Bach, heal her. And only through Bach’s music can she dare to feel the loss of her parents.

The Waco Variations celebrates the tenacity of the human spirit and the healing power of music.


"In the caress of notes, Cassie knew nothing of fire, death, loss, or fear, just love plucked from Bach's hands, to Eric's, to her own--spoken in a language too deep for words."
--excerpt, The Waco Variations

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