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Separated from his wife and troubled by his brother's recent suicide, Martin Lambert tries to search his childhood memories for clues to the path his life has taken
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Dennis McFarland is an award-winning author, whose novels include School For The Blind, A Face at the Window and his latest novel Singing Boy. He lives near Boston with his wife and two children.
McFarland extracts sweetly sad, haunting music from a family's dysfunction in this debut novel. Cellist Martin Lambert owns a San Francisco record company. His wife Madeline is divorcing him for another man, and his brother Perry, a composer, has just committed suicide in New York. Flying there to dig out the reasons for Perry's death, Martin falls in love with his brother's pregnant ex-girlfriend, Jane Owlcaster, a choral conductor. Their affair is a mutual strategy to block the process of grieving. Through flashbacks, dream transcripts and trips to the family's Virginia estate, we meet Martin's alcoholic, widowed mother, who for years served as an "enabler" for another compulsive drinker: Martin's father, a failed concert pianist. Memories are exorcised--the day the house nearly burned down, father drinking himself to death, skeletons in the family closet. Martin's first-person quest to reorder his own drifting life at times slips into preciosity, but overall the musical, highly nuanced prose carries the story. First serial to the New Yorker ; film rights to Guber-Peters.
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