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At a reading and book-signing at Barnes & Noble, Pittsford, NY, October 2012.

Kudos for Motherless Child


2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Award: Short-list finalist

2013 Sharp Writ Book Award: Third Place Prize

2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards: General Fiction: Finalist

2013 Chautauqua Book Prize: Long-list finalist

2012 Forward National Literature Award: General Fiction: 2nd Prize     

2012 USA Best Book Award: First Prize for Women’s/Chick Lit; Finalist for Literary Fiction

2013 International Book Awards: First Prize for Women’s/Chick Lit; Finalist for Literary Fiction



“For anyone interested in classical music, Motherless Child is a novel to be savored.”   READ MORE

Roberta Silman,


“One gets wrapped up in the ruse Elizabeth has woven, and becomes as determined as she is to learn the truth.”  

 Joy Parks, Quill & Quire (Canada)


“An engrossing tale of family secrets with elements of psychological mystery and a touch of romance.”   READ MORE

 Florinda Pendley Vasquez, Shelf-Awareness


“A superbly wrought romantic page-turner that has elements in it of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca... A masterful writer.”   READ MORE

 Bill Gladstone, Canadian Jewish News


“You don’t have to know Bach from Bartok to appreciate this story... Motherless Child is a great read.” READ MORE

Susan G. Cole, Toronto Now


“Zeitlin brings Rossiter and Elizabeth to life with the nuance, heart, and depth of a Chopin etude.”   READ MORE

Brenda Tremblay, WXXI-FM (Rochester, NY)


“This book is real literary fiction, and beautifully written, at that. I was enthralled.”

 Judge’s comment, Sharp Writ Book Award (Third Place Prize)


“This has incredible attention to detail, great characters, and a believable plot line.  Probably the best book I read this year.”

Judge’s comment, Sharp Writ Book Award (Third Place Prize)


“Zeitlin weaves her knowledge of the musical world — classical composition, artists, critics and music managers — into a well-told, well-developed story.”

Judge’s Comment, Chautauqua Prize (Longlist)


OTHER PRESS about this book

Article in Santa Barbara News Press (June 17, 2012)







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