Hancock author Larry Duberstein has chosen the little-known world of hospice singing, home visit concerts for the dying, as the backdrop for his new novel. In richly detailed, finely honed prose threaded through with his characteristic humor and compassion,The Hospice Singer explores the hidden complexities of life in small town America. A surprising relationship develops between one of the singers, 66-year-old Ian Nelson, and a beautiful young woman, Anita Richardson, to whom his choir sings. Ian, retired from a career as a high school guidance counselor, long married, and the father of two, considers himself an ordinary man. He is intelligent, engaging, more attractive than he seems to know, and, as the son of a minister, determinedly moral. Meeting Anita threatens it all. His attraction and connection to this much younger woman-who, to complicate matters, is dying-upends his quiet New England life.
Larry Duberstein is also the author of The Marriage Hearse, a New York Times New & Noteworthy selection, and The Handsome Sailor, a New York Times Notable Book. More recently he self published Five Bullets a World War Two story.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, he graduated with honors from Wesleyan University and was a Harvard Prize Fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Since leaving academia, he has held parallel careers as an author and a builder, having published ten volumes of fiction and dozens of essays and short stories, and having built and remodeled hundreds of houses.