Tamara Saviano lays bare the complexity of family ties—both those that bind and those that break—in uplifting memoir
Foreword by Kris Kristofferson
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Tamara Saviano has achieved remarkable happiness in the music industry. The Music City resident works with legendary songwriters (Guy Clark, Kris Kristofferson) and produces celebrated tribute albums (This One’s for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark, 2012’s Americana Music Association’s Album of the Year). She’s won a Grammy (Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster). She’s been a well-known music journalist (Country Music Magazine) and television producer (Great American Country). Right now Saviano is deep into writing an in-depth biography of Guy Clark. Her life is good.
It was not always the case. The 53-year-old Wisconsin native worked though chaos and sorrow on her way to personal and professional fulfillment. Featuring a foreword by Kristofferson, The Most Beautiful Girl tells Saviano’s story, a heartbreaking yet uplifting memoir of a daughter, her father, and the healing power of music.
The book opens with a scene at Johnny Cash’s funeral when Saviano is struck with grief about unfinished business with her father. Robert Ruditys died two years before Cash, and hadn’t spoken to his only daughter for more than a decade before that.
Sadness and regret lead Saviano on a journey to rediscover her father and examine the lost relationship with a man she once loved. Through an unstable childhood, a turbulent young adulthood and finally on a path to freedom, Saviano lays bare the complexity of family ties—both those that bind and those that break.