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Original Essays | September 15, 2014

Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »

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The Song Is You by Arthur Phillips
The Song Is You

JILL HINCKLEY, January 12, 2010

Nothing much happens in this book. Before the story opens, the hero has separated from his wife, following the death of his infant son. Living on his own, he goes out one night to buy toiler paper and he stops into a bar to use their restroom. There he hears a young Irish singer in whom he gradually becomes interested, both musically and emotionally. Over the course of a year, interest gradually grows into mutual fascination, though the two never meet. Eventually they see the error of their ways. End of story.

The suspense is riveting! Phillips writes with such grace and power, his characters are so unusual and complex -- and the music references (and inventions) are woven so aptly and elegantly into the story -- that it becomes the proverbial can't-put-it-down page turner, as the reader waits with bated breath to see what the characters will do next.

Set to the soundtrack of the scrambled tunes in the heros' iPod, driven by blogs and tweets, fluid in time and space, this is the first indisputably 21st century novel I have read this century, which makes it a good choice for the Puddly.
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