Children and Fish Don't Talk Movie

NM REVIEW collage smallThank you so much, Candelora Versace, for your wonderful review in the March 2014 issue of New Mexico Magazine!

Here are some highlights from her review:

"In his memoir CHILDREN AND FISH DON'T TALK, retired Metropolitan Opera Orchestra cellist and Santa Fe resident Leshek Zavistovski vividly recounts his tale of defection from Poland as a young cellist in 1964, when he took advantage of his position with the Warsaw National Philharmonic to disappear into the streets of Manhattan after playing Carnegie Hall... Zavistovski skillfully describes his anxieties, passions and fears as he weaves a compelling story often filled with intensity and danger. To his credit, the author balances all this adventure and panic with a hefty dose of humor... Classical music buffs will revel in Zavistovski's insider tone about his long career with the Met..."

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If you can put down this book... well, it's not going to happen... Zavistovski... has lived a life so dangerous, thrilling, and unpredictable that he qualifies as a picaresque hero along the lines of Lazarillo de Tormes or Oliver Twist. 

— James M. Keller, author, program annotator for the New York Philharmonic, and former staff writer for The New Yorker 

Leshek Zavistovski's searing memoir is not just the testament of a young man's survival... it powerfully shows how Leshek transcended the extreme circumstances of his existence... a brilliantly crafted love story to the human spirit (his!). 

— Bruce C. McKenna, writer, Band of Brothers; Emmy-Award-winning creator, writer, executive producer, The Pacific

His is a path of tremendous, movie-worthy, epic struggle—interspersed with hilarious episodes throughout. I was agape from the beginning to the end of this book.

— Susan Graham, internationally-renowned opera star

Leshek Zavistovski has led a remarkable life and he writes about it vividly and passionately. His survival should be the stuff of legends.

— Jerry Adler, Senior Editor, Newsweek (retired)

Children & Fish Don't Talk is excellent and polished.

— Connie Martinson, writer, host of syndicated television show Connie Martinson Talks Books

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