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She can hear the music in peoples' souls.

Mary Beth and her younger sister Leeann are trying to support themselves in their small Southern hometown. So Mary Beth works to make ends meet by practicing her own unique talent: "song reading." By making sense of the song lyrics people have stuck in their heads, Mary Beth can help people make sense of their lives. In no time, Mary Beth's readings have the entire town singing her praises, including the handsome scientist Ben, who falls hard for Mary Beth and her unearthly intuition.

What happens when she can't make out the lyrics?

When Mary Beth reveals a long-muted secret in the community, however, she turns off the music and gives up song reading for good. Soon everyone's lives are out of tune: Leeann worries she'll never graduate from high school, and Ben can't conduct his experiments. Without Mary Beth's music the town's silence is louder than ever. Could it be that all the lyrics to all those foolish love songs really aren't so foolish after all?

Review:

"If Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones was the surprise hit of the literary world in 2002, Lisa Tucker's debut novel, The Song Reader could well be this year's equivalent." Albuquerque Tribune

Review:

"Tucker turns an engaging premise into a fascinating novel. The Song Reader could well end up to be one of the summer's hot beach reads. It is engaging, it is discussable and, in its trade paperback format, it is affordable." The Denver Post

Review:

"Tucker turns an engaging premise into a fascinating novel. The Song Reader could well end up to be one of the summer's hot beach reads. It is engaging, it is discussable and, in its trade paperback format, it is affordable." The Denver Post

Synopsis:

When two sisters are left alone after the death of their mother and the disappearance of their father, Mary Beth becomes the hero of both her younger sister and their entire town. She is a "song reader." She doesn't read palms or tarot cards; she reads people's secrets and desires from the songs they can't get out of their minds.

Synopsis:

Leeann's older sister Mary Beth has a gift. When the two sisters are left alone after the death of their mother and the disappearance of their father, Mary Beth becomes the hero of both her younger sister and their entire town. She is a "song reader." She doesn't read palms or tarot cards; she reads people's secrets and desires from the songs they can't get out of their minds. And her customers idolize her. As Leeann tells readers, "They took her advice — to marry, to break it off.... They swore she could see right into their hearts."

But as Leeann soon learns, every gift has its price. The sisters' bond will be tested when Mary Beth's advice leads to a tragedy that divides their small Missouri town. As Mary Beth retreats into her own world, Leeann must face the truth about their parents, their past, and the flawed humanity of the sister she adores. Lyrical and deeply compelling, The Song Reader is an exploration of what makes a family, what breaks it apart, and how the bonds of love and blood can be both a burden and a blessing.

About the Author

Lisa Tucker grew up in small towns outside of Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri. She has toured the Midwest with a jazz band, and worked as a computer programmer, waitress, writing teacher, office cleaner, and math professor. She has a graduate degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania, and a graduate degree in math from Villanova University. Her book reviews and essays have appeared in a variety of journals, including The Philadelphia Inquirer. She currently lives with her husband and son in the mountains of northern New Mexico, where she is at work on her second novel.

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writermala, December 4, 2010 (view all comments by writermala)
As someone who considers herself skeptical about astrology, Palm-reading and Tarot Cards, I didn't expect to like "The Song Reader." But, Lisa Tucker wove her story through my heart. At the very beginning her statement "it takes nuts to go nuts," tells us she has done her Homework and the book bears it out.

This is not just a good read. This is a keeper - a book that belongs in your Library.
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leelerbaby, July 14, 2007 (view all comments by leelerbaby)
Two sisters coming to terms in a world where bad things happen to good people and life just isn't fair. Sometimes you can't help everyone with their emotional problems in order to feel loved, sometimes you just have to accept your mistakes and learn to save yourself. A great emotional read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743464451
Author:
Tucker, Lisa
Publisher:
Downtown Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Music
Subject:
Scientists
Subject:
Sisters
Subject:
Fathers and daughters
Subject:
Missouri
Subject:
Problem families
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
no. 724
Publication Date:
May 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.31 in 9.52 oz

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Product details 320 pages Downtown Press - English 9780743464451 Reviews:
"Review" by , "If Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones was the surprise hit of the literary world in 2002, Lisa Tucker's debut novel, The Song Reader could well be this year's equivalent."
"Review" by , "Tucker turns an engaging premise into a fascinating novel. The Song Reader could well end up to be one of the summer's hot beach reads. It is engaging, it is discussable and, in its trade paperback format, it is affordable."
"Review" by , "Tucker turns an engaging premise into a fascinating novel. The Song Reader could well end up to be one of the summer's hot beach reads. It is engaging, it is discussable and, in its trade paperback format, it is affordable."
"Synopsis" by , When two sisters are left alone after the death of their mother and the disappearance of their father, Mary Beth becomes the hero of both her younger sister and their entire town. She is a "song reader." She doesn't read palms or tarot cards; she reads people's secrets and desires from the songs they can't get out of their minds.
"Synopsis" by , Leeann's older sister Mary Beth has a gift. When the two sisters are left alone after the death of their mother and the disappearance of their father, Mary Beth becomes the hero of both her younger sister and their entire town. She is a "song reader." She doesn't read palms or tarot cards; she reads people's secrets and desires from the songs they can't get out of their minds. And her customers idolize her. As Leeann tells readers, "They took her advice — to marry, to break it off.... They swore she could see right into their hearts."

But as Leeann soon learns, every gift has its price. The sisters' bond will be tested when Mary Beth's advice leads to a tragedy that divides their small Missouri town. As Mary Beth retreats into her own world, Leeann must face the truth about their parents, their past, and the flawed humanity of the sister she adores. Lyrical and deeply compelling, The Song Reader is an exploration of what makes a family, what breaks it apart, and how the bonds of love and blood can be both a burden and a blessing.

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