Michelle Lindo Rice’s Sing a New Song walks you down the path of a woman who finds out she has terminal cancer and begins a quest to find the biological father of her teen-age daughter before she dies. After living a life convincingly declaring that the father is her ex-husband her search is complicated because in fact, her daughter Karlie has five potential fathers. It may initially strike up images of any given episode of the Maury show where you comically watch this process of elimination. This is not that, but so much more.
Tiffany Knightly is dished the devastating news that her cancer is incurable and given a termination date of five months out. Once a well-known pop music singer, who has retired from the industry and lives a comfortable and quiet life in L.A. with her daughter, Tiffany painstakingly accepts her fate and focuses on ensuring her daughter Karlie is well-cared for. The money is not an issue; she can provide financially. But she wants Karlie to have a stable home once she is gone.
Tiffany moves back to her small hometown in New York, to begin her search. As we venture into the lives of these men, we find that they have their own set of home and family issues, which gives the reader a more sympathetic view of them instead of seeing them as preverbal sperm donors. Added to that is her tempestuous relationship with her mother, made so by the fact that the sexual abuse Tiffany suffered by the hands of her stepfather was rebuffed by her mother.
As it turns out instead of a simple venture of paternity testing, Tiffany finds herself intimately drawn into the lives of these men, all of which except for her ex-husband, she has not seen in years. For these guys for whom initial relationships were merely trysts, she unexpectedly shines light and love.
Sing a New Song has its sad moments but Tiffany unexpectedly changes the lives of these men while on her own quest and renews self-love as well. The story leaves the reader thinking how we are somehow all intricately connected, and love and truth can be found even in devastating situations.