By Jane Mendelsohn
From the writer of i used to be Amelia Earhart, a luminous love tale that winds via a number of generations—told in Jane Mendelsohn’s detailed captivating style.
At its middle are Milo, a critically wounded veteran of the Iraq struggle restrained to a rehabilitation clinic, and Honor, his actual therapist, a former dancer. whilst Honor touches Milo’s destroyed again, mysterious pictures from the prior seem to every one of them, perplexing her and shaking him to the core.
As Milo’s therapy progresses, the photographs start to weave jointly into an tricky, mysterious tapestry of reports. There are Joe and Pearl, a husband and spouse within the Thirties whose marriage is verified by way of Pearl’s bewitching creative cousin, Vivian. there's the heartrending tale of a girl photographer within the Nineteen Sixties and the stunning robbery of her life’s paintings. The picaresque lifetime of a lady who has a toddler too younger and reveals herself consistently at the stream from task to task and guy to guy. And the tale of a guy and a girl in seventeenth-century Turkey—a eunuch and a sultan’s concubine—whose forbidden love is captured in track. The tales converge in a symphonic crescendo that finds the far-flung origins of America’s eternally romantic soul and exposes the resource of Honor and Milo’s personal love.
A attractive secret and a meditation on love—its strength and its limitations—American Music is a brilliantly unique novel.
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During the day they lingered in the parks and on the sidewalks. They sat beside signs scrawled on cardboard boxes in which had been shipped computers and flat-screen televisions and imported foods and kitchen appliances. The faces of the soldiers looked stricken and lined and their eyes blinked in the rays of sunlight that beat down on them like the unstoppable force in civilian life of their own private wars. The woman was also happy to be working in the hospital and not to be out on the streets.
1923 At night, in her tent, Pearl switched on a small electric lamp and opened a letter that she had found in her pocket earlier that evening. She lay on an army cot, not her usual bed, and stretched out her legs. There were a few bugs circling around in the glare of the light and their shadows cast enormous winged demons on the canvas sides of the tent. Pearl was not easily frightened but she would have turned off the lamp to get rid of the insects if it had not been for the letter. Go away, she said, to the bugs, to the shadows, to the empty tent.
Without enough attendants to empty them, the urine bags to which the men were hooked up spilled over onto the floor. When and if they were given a shower, the men could wait helplessly for hours to be dried, and often they were put back into bed on the same sweaty sheets. There were rats. A paralyzed veteran might suddenly awaken to find a rat on his hand. He could not move his hand, so he would try to jerk his shoulders. He screamed, and the rat jumped casually off the bed. In the paraplegic ward, a completely crippled patient would depend on a buddy who still had the use of his arms to get a sheet thrown, sailing and rippling and falling like a shroud, over his bed.
American Music by Jane Mendelsohn