The music shop : a novel / Rachel Joyce.
Booklist Reviews 2017 November #1
Like the long-past heyday of London's Unity Street, its shops and shopkeepers are also well past their prime, their relevancy revoked in the names of progress and technology. Foremost among them is Frank, his shop jammed with an esoteric collection of vinyl records: no CDs allowed! His knowledge of music is nuanced and deep, a gift from his unconventional mother, who imparted life lessons through listening sessions devoted to everyone from Vivaldi to Miles Davis. Frank has a knack for giving his customers exactly what they're looking for, even when they don't know what that is. Aretha for a brokenhearted bridegroom; Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings" for a tough tattoo artist. Frank's biggest challenge comes in the form of a frail young woman, Ilse Brauchmann, who hires him to teach her how to listen to music. Whether on foot, as in her novel The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (2012), or track by track, on this unlikely musical odyssey, Joyce (The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy, 2015) excels in enveloping readers in epic journeys of lost connections and loving reunions. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.
LJ Reviews 2017 August #1
Best-selling author Joyce first boomed big with the Man Booker long-listed The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, which was swiftly followed by the LibraryReads pick The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy. Set in 1988, her new title features record store owner Frank, who can find exactly the record each customer needs among vinyl-only merchandise ranging from classical to punk. Quiet and questing, Ilse Brauchmann is a different sort of customer altogether; she wants Frank to tell her about music itself.Copyright 2017 Library Journal.
LJ Reviews 2017 December #1
In 1988, shop owner Frank is a kind of vinyl-only music whisperer. People come into his store and tell him their troubles. He listens and sends them into one of his homemade listening booths to hear just the right track (jazz, rock, classical) that cures what ails them. Frank and his fellow business owners, a close-knit, ragtag group hanging on in their cul-de-sac to a vanishing way of life, are being pressured by developers to sell and get out. Then Ilsa Brauchmann literally falls into their lives when she passes out in front of the music shop. These gentle, damaged people find common ground in the weekly lessons about music Frank gives to Ilsa, and there's instant attraction, as his boundless knowledge of music both charms and terrifies her. Misunderstandings, missed opportunities, and a catastrophic accident threaten the fragile bonds that begin to draw them together.
PW Reviews 2017 November #2