American Music (Paperback)
|Author: Jane Mendelsohn|
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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.
From the Publisher:
From the author of I Was Amelia Earhart, a luminous love story that winds through several generations—told in Jane Mendelsohn’s distinctive mesmerizing style.
At its center are Milo, a severely wounded veteran of the Iraq War confined to a rehabilitation hospital, and Honor, his physical therapist, a former dancer. 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 into an intricate, mysterious tapestry of stories. There are Joe and Pearl, a husband and wife in the 1930s whose marriage is tested by Pearl’s bewitching artistic cousin, Vivian. There is the heartrending story of a woman photographer in the 1960s and the shocking theft of her life’s work. The picaresque life of a woman who has a child too young and finds herself always on the move from job to job and man to man. And the story of a man and a 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 love—its power and its limitations—American Music is a brilliantly original novel.
From the Hardcover edition.
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.