The Music Shop

The Music Shop

Large Print - 2018
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"An unforgettable story of music, loss and hope. Fans of High Fidelity, meet your next quirky love story."-- People

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE TIMES (UK)

It is 1988. On a dead-end street in a run-down suburb there is a music shop that stands small and brightly lit, jam-packed with records of every kind. Like a beacon, the shop attracts the lonely, the sleepless, and the adrift; Frank, the shop's owner, has a way of connecting his customers with just the piece of music they need. Then, one day, into his shop comes a beautiful young woman, Ilse Brauchmann, who asks Frank to teach her about music. Terrified of real closeness, Frank feels compelled to turn and run, yet he is drawn to this strangely still, mysterious woman with eyes as black as vinyl. But Ilse is not what she seems, and Frank has old wounds that threaten to reopen, as well as a past it seems he will never leave behind. Can a man who is so in tune with other people's needs be so incapable of connecting with the one person who might save him? The journey that these two quirky, wonderful characters make in order to overcome their emotional baggage speaks to the healing power of music--and love--in this poignant, ultimately joyful work of fiction.

Praise for The Music Shop

"Warmhearted, unusual and romantic, Rachel Joyce evokes the emotional power of your favorite record while underlining the importance of that forever-threatened little shop down a side street where music happens. . . . Joyce's gift is in using simple language to convey profound observations on human nature." -- The Times

"This lovely novel is as satisfying and enlightening as the music that suffuses its every page." -- The Boston Globe

"Rachel Joyce has established a reputation for novels that celebrate the dignity and courage of ordinary people and the resilience of the human spirit. . . . But what really elevates The Music Shop is Joyce's detailed knowledge of--and passion for--music." -- The Guardian

"Joyce has a knack for quickly sketching characters in a way that makes them stick. . . . This is a touching, sometimes funny book about surviving change, the power of music and the importance of having a community--wacky or not. As with all of Joyce's books, it will surprise you." -- Minneapolis Star Tribune
Publisher: United States :, Ingram Publisher Services,, 2018
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9780525631521
Branch Call Number: ON ORDER 2018
Characteristics: 448 pages ; 2 x 15 cm

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mjk236sb
Feb 05, 2018

Really enjoyed this book that was about love, friends, and music. Not everyone is able to find true love in their lives look most people. These were a collection of misfits who bond together to make a neighborhood and a life. Then "things" get in their way. I really enjoyed the ending of this book - was uplifting and fun - should give everyone hope and music in their life.

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ownedbydoxies
Dec 22, 2017

I realize this book is meant to be whimsical, with characters you'd love to meet and know in your own neighborhood, but when I figured in the first couple of chapters that I could confidently predict what would happen throughout the book, I felt like whimsical characters couldn't make up for that predictability. I absolutely loved Harold Fry (his wife made me laugh and reminded me of people I knew, and of myself at times, too!) but haven't felt the same draw to her follow-up books.

ontherideau Dec 19, 2017

A standing ovation for Rachel Joyce for a beautiful musical romance.

caravan Nov 11, 2017

A beautiful & lyrical story. It will give you a new appreciation to music and how it can be the therapy to the soul. The music lessons were mesmerizing.

robertafsmith Sep 07, 2017

Who could forget The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry? Rachel Joyce has done it again with her latest novel The Music Shop. Terrific characterisation, sharp, funny dialogue, and a plot twist that will wrench your heart. Unlike Harold Fry, Frank ( the main character) doesn't walk that much but he is prone to outbursts of clumsy running. The book has a marvellous on-the-page soundtrack. Highly recommended reading.

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