A musical journey to a new world and a found family: Salisbury author publishes historical fiction novel

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 18, 2024

“Snowflake On A Spider’s Web: Breathing Jazz,” a new book by Salisbury’s Patti Laughlin Fogt, has been released by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.
It’s 1940, and hundreds of war-affected refugees are streaming into Ellis Island to escape the horrors of war. Eva, a young woman from Hungary, hopes to find sanctuary with the New York Philharmonic. Nervous for herself and her unborn child, she pushes and shoves her way through the immigration process, never losing sight of safety.
Her arrival at the port in New York City took an unusual twist when not only the NYC Philharmonic arrived to greet her, but several musicians, including artists from the Harlem Renaissance jazz scene came to welcome her with open arms to this new world she had found herself in.
She ends up living; with Gio and Tiny, siblings from Italy running a jazz filled restaurant. It’s not long before Eva finds peace and a new family in the city that never sleeps. Along with dangers, that she would have never expected. Her new life in the city is breathtaking but she learns to breathe jazz and it makes all the difference.