David Abbott The Upright Piano Player

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The Upright Piano Player

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Henry Cage is the victim of a random act of violence which soon escalates into a prolonged persecution, with unforseen consequences. Family secrets are revealed, and when his ex-wife Nessa summons Henry to Palm Beach, he realises that there is little time to redress the mistakes of the past.

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DAVID ABBOTT worked for forty years in the advertising industry as a copywriter and creative director. He was a founding partner of Abbott Mead Vickers, Britain's largest advertising agency. This is his first novel, and he is at work on his second.

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"How quickly a carefully constructed life can unravel! ... Abbott has peered over the edge to write this gripping novel, a reminder of how little control we have over our lives."
--"Los Angeles Times"

"Stirring ... Abbott has created a memorable book, and readers will ache along with the principal characters."
--"San Francisco Chronicle"

"Gracefully constructed and wholly consuming."
--"Associated Press"

"[A]n elegant debut filled with anguish and yearning ... Abbott takes these broken relationships and slowly works over their frayed ends with a delicate touch, sometimes mending them and other times hitting exposed nerves ... It's a very careful novel in its structure and revelations, but Abbott impresses most in his easy balance of the disparate plot elements ... and overarching themes of reconnection and regret."
--"Publishers Weekly
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"A powerful and well-written portrayal of loss and grieving. Highly recommended."
--"Library Journal" (starred review)

"David Abbott's "The Upright Piano Player" is a wise and moving debut, an accomplished novel of quiet depths and resonant shadows."
--John Burnham Schwartz, author of "The Commoner" and "Reservation Road"

"A beautifully constructed debut."
--"The Guardian"

"Elegant, rich and gratifying."
--"The Independent"

"The menace simmering beneath the surface of its prose is compelling."
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"[A] gripping novel, a reminder of how little control we have over our lives." --"Los Angeles Times"

"Wise and moving. . . . An accomplished novel of quiet depths and resonant shadows." --John Burnham Schwartz, author of "The Commoner "

"Stirring. . . . Abbott has created a memorable book, and readers will ache along with the principal characters." --"San Francisco Chronicle"

"Gracefully constructed and wholly consuming." --Associated Press

"Elegant, rich, and gratifying." --"The Independent "(London)

"The menace simmering beneath the surface of ["The Upright Piano Player's"] prose is compelling." --"Daily Mail "
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"A powerful and well-written portrayal of loss and grieving." --"Library Journal" (starred review)

"A concise, haunting work, a short, brilliantly observed novel. . . . Fluid and elegiac, filled with somber, serious tones, the author's writing is reminiscent of the great Ian McEwan." --Curled Up With a Good Book

"Masterful." --"The Advocate "(Baton Rouge, LA)

"A beautifully constructed debut." --"The Guardian "(London)

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