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Monday, May 16, 2016

Different Drummer by Cathy Brown

Set in 1979 Brooklyn, Different Drummer chronicles the life and times of Cara Funk (née Carol Finkelstein), a female drummer struggling to break out of the wedding music trade and succeed as a rock musician. Rapidly approaching 30, this is Cara’s self-imposed last chance and she’s willing to sacrifice everything to “make it.”

Told through journal entries and running commentary from a colorful cast of more than a dozen supporting characters, Cara’s saga unfolds in a mad swirl of Sergio Valente jeans, drugs, song lyrics, decrepit rock clubs, an Etan Patz obsession, cheesy bar mitzvahs, White Castle sliders and ruffled tuxedo shirts.

Different Drummer seamlessly combines prose, interviews, song lyrics and play excerpts to tell Cara’s story and has you guessing until the last page—will Cara
ultimately triumph, go out in a blaze of glory or just fade away?

The story encompasses a wealth of human emotions, from parental love to acceptance, forgiveness and perseverance.

About Author
Catherine Gigante-Brown has been a freelance writer of fiction, nonfiction and poetry for more than 30 years, since the ripe young age of fifteen. Her works have appeared in a variety of publications, including Ravishly, Huffington Post Women, Time Out New York, Essence, Seventeen and The Italian Journal of Wine and Food. Along with Robert “The Harrad Experiment” Rimmer, she co-wrote two biographies for Prometheus Books. Her short stories appear in several fiction anthologies and her essay, “When I was Young,” was included in Penguin Books’ Vietnam Voices. A number of her screenplays have been produced by small, independent companies. Her essay “Autumn of 9/11” was awarded first prize in The Brooklyn Public Library’s 2004 “My Brooklyn” contest. Her works, Weekender and Moving Pictures, were included in the Rosendale Theatre Collective’s first annual Short Play Festival. Gigante-Brown was born and bred in Brooklyn, New York, where she still lives with her husband and son. Her novels The El (2012) and Different Drummer (2015) are available from Volossal Publishing.

An exciting development is that a director recently approached Catherine about writing a musical version of DD for the stage, which She is doing right now.

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