All print versions with music streamed HERE
Some original arrangements by the McMakens HERE

A Minor

A Novel of Love, Music & Memory

Koehler Books – 2014

This novel features embedded music courtesy of Ingram Distributors
Clive Serkin, a teenage piano prodigy, seeks victory at the Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow, and enlists the help of world-renowned pianist Clare Cardiff. She becomes his mentor and teacher, and even though she is more than twice his age, Clive finds himself falling in love with her. After Clare is diagnosed with early-onset dementia, Clare’s estranged husband Nero takes her away from Clive to pursue further medical testing. Clive is faced with the challenge of traveling to Moscow and performing at the competition without his beloved mentor. Ultimately, he must discover if the music they share is enough to keep them together.

A Minor is an Alzheimers’s Association Selection

“An emotional story…breaks the mold…delicately constructed….nuanced characters…clear prose.”
~ Kirkus Reviews
“This is a deeply moving novel that touches upon love, creativity, and memory. It is the story of a musician who develops Alzheimer’s disease, yet continues to struggle with her craft. The author is a passionate and gifted writer who understands the nuances of memory and Alzheimer’s disease.”
~ Dr. Bruce Miller, Director, UCSF Center for Memory and Aging

“With A Minor, Margaret Philbrick has deftly penned an engaging and entertaining coming of age romance. It is pure entertainment from start to finish. Very highly recommended for libraries and personal collections.”
~ Midwest Book Review

“Music provides healing, inspiring, and calming medicine for our brains. It has the capacity to move humans unlike any other animal and we rely on music to help us when life introduces our greatest challenges. Margaret Philbrick educates us about the powerful role of music for those suffering dementia and for the millions of families who provide loving care.”
~ Dr. Paul Nussbaum, best-selling author of Save Your Brain, President of the Brain Health Center

“A powerful story, beautifully told.”
~ Jane Stroh, independent bookstore owner and book reviewer
“I recommend this novel because it is a smart and insightful look at a family coping with Alzheimer’s. Philbrick finds a hopeful prism through which to view the illness…Music lovers will love this novel as well as anyone who loves a good story.”
~ Sandy Koropp, West Suburban Living Magazine, independent bookstore owner

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A Treasure Hunt for the Nativity

Singing River Publications – 2009

Throughout Inga’s childhood, visiting an historic Neapolitan nativity scene each Christmas was a time-honored family tradition. One year when Inga takes her own children to see it, she discovers that the creche is missing, Inga takes up the quest to find this Christmas treasure and restore a bit of holiday magic to the heart of the Chrismas season.

“This book was more – way more, than I had originally thought…. I handled each page with loving care as the words lifted from the pages and into my heart.”
~ Sheila DeChantal of Book Journey Reviews

“This is a lovely, loving, thoughtful story. It is a wonderful Christmas tale with all of things that make the Christmas season so special, especially family traditions. I love that the author and her mother created this beautiful book together with their own family traditions in mind. I would love to give a copy of this book to all of my friends to share with their children at Christmas. Beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully written.”
~ Amazon Review