Synopses & Reviews
Praise for Two-Part Inventions
"The novel offers an intriguing window into the closeted, incestuous world of classical music, where enforced camaraderie and intense competition reside in uncomfortable proximity."Publishers Weekly
"Loosely based on the true story of an unknown pianist whose recordings made her famous after they were altered and enhanced in the studio by her husband
[this] is a painstaking character study and taut modern fable about people who live at the cross-section of art and fame."Booklist
begins when Suzanne, a concert pianist, dies suddenly of a stroke in the New York City apartment she shares with her producer husband Philip. Rather than mourn in peace, Philip becomes deeply paranoid: their life is based on a fraud and the acclaimed music the couple created is about to be exposed. Philip had built a career for his wife by altering her recordings, taking a portion of a song here and there, from recordings of other pianists. Syncing the alterations seamlessly, he created a piece of flawless music with Suzanne getting sole credit.
In this urban, psychological novel, author Lynne Sharon Schwartz brilliantly guides the reader through a flawed marriage and calculated career. Beginning with Suzannes death and moving backwards in time, Schwartz examines their life together, and her remarkable career, while contemplating the nature of truth, marriage and the pursuit of perfection.
About the Author
Lynne Sharon Schwartz is the acclaimed author of several books, including Ruined by Reading, Disturbances in the Field, In the Family Way and The Writing on the Wall. Lynne Sharon Schwartzs reviews and criticism have appeared in many leading magazines and papers. She has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Foundation for the Arts, and has taught in many writing programs here and abroad. She is presently on the faculty of the Bennington Writing Seminars. She lives in New York City.