The music shop : a novel / Rachel Joyce.

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    • Publication Information:
      First U.S. edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "It's 1988. The CD has arrived. Sales of the shiny new disks are soaring on high streets in cities across the country. Meanwhile, down a dead-end street, Frank's music shop stands small and brightly lit, jam-packed with records of every kind. It attracts the lonely, the sleepless, the adrift. There is room for everyone. Frank has a gift for finding his customers the music they need. Into this shop arrives Ilse Brauchmann - practical, brave, well-heeled. Frank falls for this curious woman who always dresses in green. But Ilse's reasons for visiting the shop are not what they seem. Frank's passion for Ilse seems as misguided as his determination to save vinyl. How can a man so in tune with other people's needs be so incapable of helping himself? And what will it take to show he loves her? The Music Shop is a story about good, ordinary people who take on forces too big for them. It's about falling in love and how hard it can be. And it's about music - how it can bring us together when we are divided and save us when all seems lost"-- Provided by publisher.
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      "Originally published in the United Kingdom by Doubleday ..., in 2017"--Title page verso.
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      JOYCE, R. The music shop : a novel. First U.S. edition. [s. l.]: Random House, 2017. ISBN 9780812996685. Disponível em: Acesso em: 18 set. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Joyce R. The Music Shop : A Novel. First U.S. edition. Random House; 2017. Accessed September 18, 2020.
    • APA:
      Joyce, R. (2017). The music shop : a novel (First U.S. edition.). Random House.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Joyce, Rachel. 2017. The Music Shop : A Novel. First U.S. edition. Random House.
    • Harvard:
      Joyce, R. (2017) The music shop : a novel. First U.S. edition. Random House. Available at: (Accessed: 18 September 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Joyce, R 2017, The music shop : a novel, First U.S. edition., Random House, viewed 18 September 2020, .
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      Joyce, Rachel. The Music Shop : A Novel. First U.S. edition., Random House, 2017. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Joyce, Rachel. The Music Shop : A Novel. First U.S. edition. Random House, 2017.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Joyce R. The music shop : a novel [Internet]. First U.S. edition. Random House; 2017 [cited 2020 Sep 18]. Available from:


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. VERDICT Joyce, a British actress and playwright, whose first novel, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, was longlisted for the Man Booker, continues to enchant and break hearts with her lovable misfits trying to survive in a modern world determined to pass them by. Irresistible. [See Prepub Alert, 7/3/17.]—Beth Andersen, formerly with Ann Arbor Dist. Lib., MI

Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2017 November #2

Joyce (The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry) has a winner in this deceptively simple love story about Frank, owner of a London hole-in-the-wall music store selling vinyl records in 1988. Adamant about not selling cassette tapes or CDs, Frank is a loner raised by an eccentric but loving mother who taught him to cherish all kinds of music. His extraordinary gift is knowing the precise song people need to hear at a particular time in their lives, and his musical selections have miraculous results. Frank's small circle of friends own shops on this out-of-the-way street: Maud, who secretly pines for Frank, has a tattoo parlor; ex-priest Father Anthony sells religious artifacts; the twin Williams brothers run a family funeral business. Frank's life is upturned when a mysterious stranger, Ilse Brauchmann, appears outside his store and promptly faints. The magical trajectory of Frank and Ilse's relationship is nicely balanced against the thread about a threatening real estate company that wants to destroy Frank's tiny store. Joyce's odes to music—from Aretha Franklin and J.S. Bach to Puccini and the Sex Pistols—and the notion that the perfect song can transform one's life make this novel a triumph. (Jan.)

Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.