Borrowed Voices


“The chorus of characters residing in Roger Sheffer’s fictional midwestern town of White River Falls sing the familiar melodies of pain and love and devotion, of rivalry and triumph. In their own, or sometimes ‘borrowed voices,’ they give us insight into the soul of the Sunday morning choir members, of a young woman’s desperate search to find what she already possesses, of a young man’s hesitant and sometimes frustrating exploration of his life, his art. Sheffer’s words continue to hum in your mind long after their final notes have been sung.” –Davida Kilgore, author of Last Summer

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Roger Sheffer was born in Schenectady, New York. He received a Doctor of Arts degree from SUNY-Albany in 1979 and has been teaching at Mankato State University in Minnesota since 1980., where he is now an associate professor of English. His extensive background in music–particularly with choral groups and church choirs–figures everywhere in Borrowed Voices. Sheffer’s stories and poems have appeared in Mississippi Valley ReaderLake Street ReviewBluelineDescant, and Adirondack Life.


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