From Ashes
to Song

"A big-hearted
and beautiful debut."

by Hilary Hauck

After losing his grandfather and the family vineyard in Italy, 1911, Pietro seeks a new start in the coal mines of Pennsylvania where he wrestles with his identity – coal miner or composer, friend or adversary, man of morals or lover.

Inspired by true events, From Ashes to Song is a story of love, hope, and the extraordinary gifts brought to America in the great wave of immigration. 

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an Italian speaking Brit in the US

Hilary Hauck is the author of From Ashes to Song, described as ‘an extraordinary novel’ by The Midwest Book Review. Her debut novel, the story was inspired by the true story of three Italians who immigrated to Pennsylvania ninety years before she did. 

Originally from the UK, Hilary lived in Italy for 12 years, mastering the language, learning how to cook food she can no longer eat, and winning a national karate championship. After meeting her husband, she moved to the US in 2002, where she learned the craft of writing, the art of leadership, and at last lay her imposter syndrome to rest.

Her short stories have appeared in anthologies in the Mindful Writers Retreat Series and Like Sunshine After Rain; her poems in The Ekphrastic Review, Balloons Lit Journal, and Centered magazine. She is a past president of Pennwriters and was the recipient of the Meritorious Service Award in 2021. She is the current Chair of the Festival of Books in the Alleghenies.

Hilary lives on a small patch of woods in rural Pennsylvania with her husband and a cat with a penchant for laundry. She loves travel, photography, and has recently rekindled her love of drawing.

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