What an amazing review week it is going to be!!
Hope to see you.
Have you read any of these books?
PRAISE FOR THE MUSIC STALKER:
“A captivating family portrait with an enigmatic piano prodigy at its center, Bruce Berger’s THE MUSIC STALKER sings. In arresting prose, Berger offers searing meditations on music and mental health, spirituality and Jewish identity, passion and anguish and fear—leaving the reader gasping for breath.”—Patricia Park, author of Re Jane
“Descriptions of Kayla’s responses to her music, as well as her audiences’, were right on track,especially the sense of transport, the departure from her physical surroundings, that she experienced when she played, not just performing in front of an audience, but even in solitary practicE by herself.”—Don Greenfield, Ph.D., Musicology, Princeton University
“What drives the characters of The Music Stalker to their highs and lows, their togetherness and their times apart, is also what artfully holds them locked in patterns of an intricate harmony. The heliotropic center of this novel is desire: desire for the Other; desire for talent; desire to be seen; desire to be held; desire for safety and peace of mind; even the desire to be left alone. Bruce Berger exhibits a sensational knack for imagining lives, real lives lived with triumph and weakness, mental illness and ordered reason, as well as daily flubs and foibles. His skills make for a page turner, with short chapters like etudes that grow increasingly more complicated and frightening, studies in the annals of a family for whom specialness can be a curse; for whom an ordinary day can be
a refuge and a gift.”—David Keplinger, author of The World to Come
ABOUT THE MUSIC STALKER:
Two decades after his family suffers trauma, Max, the loving but remorsefully jealous older brother of a musical genius, chronicles the story of his dysfunctional family.
In mid-1970’s New York City, Max’s sister, Kayla, vaulted to fame as a piano prodigy, holding both audiences and her family in awe with her uncanny
musical ability and warm smile.
But deep within her lie the seeds of destruction: the paranoid fear of being stalked by a murderous fan. This mystery explores themes of family dysfunction, mental illness, and the long-term effects of family secrets going untold.
Brooke, Rachel, and Jill inherited the family beach house, but their grandmother said they had to spend two weeks together at the house and wait for letters she would send every day via courier to tell her life’s story and her secrets.
The girls arrived and so did the first letter. They cried when they read the first letter as well as each successive one.
The letters told in detail the story of her life and their father’s life. The girls were shocked and saddened at what they read.
They also were not in agreement about whether to sell the house or to keep it. Rachel and Brooke wanted to sell, but Jill didn’t want to give up the house and all its memories.
A LETTER FROM NANA ROSE is a sweet read. I loved the stories and the memories, but felt bad for Nana Rose and all she had to go through.
If you are in need of a book to keep you turning the pages because you want to find out the secrets of Nana Rose and the girls and feel the warmth of being in the cottage and in this family, be sure to add this book in your reading list.
Women’s fiction fans won’t want to miss A LETTER FROM NANA ROSE. 5/5
This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week.
Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists.
Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia @A Girl and Her Books, has a permanent home now at MAILBOX MONDAY.
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THANKS to everyone for keeping Mailbox Monday alive.
I hope you had a good mailbox.
On Monday, October 18, I received:
1. MY WIFE IS MISSING by D. J. Palmer, courtesy of Danielle Prielipp of St. Martin's Press.
On Friday, October 22, I received:
1. THE UNHEARD by Nicci French, courtesy of William Morrow Books.
2. THE PIONEER WOMAN COOKS - SUPER EASY by Lee Drummond, courtesy of William Morrow Books.
3. THE SECRET OF SNOW by Viola Shipman, courtesy of the Graydon House and @Page158Books.