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American Music (Paperback)

Author:  Jane Mendelsohn
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 030747397X
ISBN-13: 9780307473974
Sku: 218171233
Publish Date: 6/14/2011
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 1T
Pages:  237
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The celebrated author of "I Was Amelia Earhart "brings us a brilliant, kaleidoscopic story of human connection that soars with imagination, spirit, and Mendelsohn''s distinctive mesmerizing style.
Honor is a physical therapist with a mysterious patient in Milo, the Iraq war veteran whose destroyed back is the only testament to his emotional scars. When Honor touches him, she and Milo are overwhelmed by startling visions of the past: Of 1930s New York, where a young marriage is tested by the arrival of an intriguing cousin; of a female photographer whose life''s work is irrevocably stolen; of a young mother determined to make it on her own; and of 17th-century Turkey, where the forbidden love affair of a eunuch and the sultan''s concubine threatens a tragic end. As the stories converge in a crescendo of revelations, they bring Honor and Milo closer to healing and understanding. A breathtaking mystery and meditation on love, "American Music "is a compassionate and wondrous novel.

Jane Mendelsohn, who inhabited the spirit of lost aviator Amelia Earhart in an earlier bestseller, again investigates the role which departed souls can play in contemporary life with this evocative tale about the ethereal connection between a traumatized soldier and his physical therapist. Milo was permanently paralyzed while fighting in Iraq, and now his psyche is as damaged as his spinal cord, but when he reluctantly starts his arduous rehab under the guidance of a former dancer named Honor, they each experience otherworldly sensations whenever she touches him. Their strange connection allows them to perceive a triad of tragic love stories from the past--a Turkish eunuch and concubine from the 17th century, a New York sax player and his infertile wife from the 1930s, and a Vietnam-era army officer and his wife, a prominent photographer. As Milo and Honor obsessively immerse themselves in these mysterious romances, they begin to notice similarities and patterns emerging, but they may be too distracted by the details of these past liaisons to understand the stories' overlying moral, which has deep implications for their present affection for one another.


"There are hidden universes within us, Jane Mendelsohn tells us in her strange and bittersweet story about fate and love. How we fit into the rhythm of such places and how we allow our pasts to shape the present, are the intriguing themes of her" - Connie Ogle 05/29/2010

"[O]dd and oddly beautiful....What's what a captivating storyteller Mendelsohn can be, and ultimately AMERICAN MUSIC is a novel about the power of stories. She's remarkably good at setting scenes quickly and evocatively, raising up characters we care about immediately and drawing us into their conflicts. And... she's willing to break our usual three dimensions and let something miraculous slide along the margins..." - Ron Charles 06/02/2010

"[AMERICAN MUSIC] is a puzzle whose missing pieces the reader needs to fill, flipping back and forth to ensure that information is correct, confirming that, yes, that phrase (and many others) appeared like code in the opening pages. There is ample reward for these efforts. The pivotal scene that knits everyone's lives together is exacting, moving, devastating." - Jennifer Gilmore 07/04/2010

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Product attributePublisher:   Vintage Books
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