Friday, May 8, 2015

Book Beginnings Friday: Five Night Stand




Book Beginnings Fridays is a weekly event hosted by fellow Oregon blogger Gilion at Rose City Reader.  The purpose is to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.
I've enjoyed participating in several TLC Book Tours, and on Mya 18th I'll be participating in a book tour for the book Five Night Stand by Richard J. Alley. It looks like a great book, and I love the opening lines! The book starts like this:

"Oliver Pleasant doesn't know anybody in the seats, not well enough to say hello to anyway. And yet, he knows everybody, the music bridging past and present to bring eras together like a family reunion."

As someone who enjoys the creative arts, I loved this beginning and it left me excited to read the book.  The book's publishing date is May 12, 2015, and look for my review on the blog on May 18.

Legendary jazz pianist Oliver Pleasant finds himself alone at the end of his career, playing his last five shows, hoping the music will draw his estranged family back...

Frank Severs, a middle-aged, out-of-work journalist, is at a crossroads as his longtime dreams and marriage grind to a standstill...

And piano prodigy Agnes Cassady is desperately grasping for fulfillment before a debilitating disease wrenches control from her trembling fingers...

When Frank and Agnes come to New York to witness Oliver’s final five-night stand, the timeless force of Oliver’s music pulls the trio together. Over the course of five nights, the three reflect on their triumphs and their sorrows: families forsaken, ideals left along the wayside, secrets kept. Their shared search for meaning and direction in a fractured world creates an unexpected kinship that just might help them make sense of the past, find peace in the present, and muster the courage to face the future.





Happy Friday and Happy Reading!

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