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American Music (MP3 CD)
May 2010 Indie Next List
“Winding through several generations and told in a unique and enchanting style, this is a mesmerizing and mysterious love story. In 2005, a war veteran and his physical therapist realize that together they have the ability to see into her past. As the stories unfold, the two share a tender but peculiar relationship, until their own tale comes to a surprising end. American Music is a beautiful, exquisitely crafted puzzle, the pieces of which come together to remind us that we are more connected to our past and our future than we realize.”
— Kaley Degoursey, R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison, CT
This luminous love story centers on Milo, a severely wounded veteran of the Iraq war confined to a rehabilitation hospital, and Honor, his physical therapist. When Honor touches Milo's destroyed back, mysterious images from the past appear to each of them, puzzling her and shaking him to the core. As Milo's treatment progresses, the images begin to weave together in an intricate, mysterious tapestry of stories winding through several generations. There are Joe and Pearl, a husband and wife in the 1930s, whose marriage is tested by Pearl's bewitching artistic cousin, Vivian; the heartrending story of a woman photographer in the 1960s and the shocking theft of her life's work; and the story of a man and woman in seventeenth-century Turkey--a eunuch and a sultan's concubine--whose forbidden love is captured in music. The stories converge in a symphonic crescendo that reveals the far-flung origins of America's endlessly romantic soul and exposes the source of Honor and Milo's own love. A beautiful mystery and a meditation on the powers and limitations of love, American Music is a brilliantly original novel told in Jane Mendelsohn's distinctive, mesmerizing style.