Yesterday, a million listeners of National Public Radio’s “Talk of the Nation” heard Fuze author Sarah Pleydell discuss her forthcoming book, Cologne, (October 2012) and
her personal experience on a show entitled “Many Who are Sexually Abused Keep Quiet.” Ms. Pleydell will share more about her guest appearance in the weeks to come. Meanwhile, enjoy an exclusive peek at the cover-art-in-progress for Cologne by Kathy Keler, and a brief synopsis.
It is England, 1960. The mercurial and debonair Jack Whitaker and his intellectual wife Helen welcome a young German woman, Renate, into their off-balance household as an au pair to their two precocious daughters. The girls can’t wait to sink their teeth into
this horn-rimmed, earnest foreigner. Neither, it seems, can their father. Cologne hangs on the cusp between post-war and swinging London as it documents the collision between war-torn history and the innocence of childhood.
A graduate of Oxford and London Universities, Sarah Pleydell is an award-winning writer, performer and playwright who teaches English and writing in the Honors Program at the University of Maryland. For the past twenty years, she has been a master teaching artist and arts integration specialist, working with institutions that include The Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Luce Institute. In 2000, she won the American Association for Theatre Educators’ award for best book of the year.
Based on her childhood in London, Colognehas been twenty years in the making. It has benefited from fellowships at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and input from a number of acclaimed writers including Joyce Kornblatt, Stanley Plumly, Sarah Blake, Barbara Graham, and Molly Tinsley.