I was so moved by "Play For Me." Lily is thrown off kilter by loss when her son goes off to college, and seeks a remedy by reliving her own youth when she becomes involved with a touring rock band. Though the story revolves around issues of morality and fidelity what do we owe ourselves versus what do we owe our loved ones I cared about each character and hoped he or she would find happiness. The two men, JJ and Stephen, represent different paths, both appealing, and the twists and turns that Lily goes through in her attraction to each of them had me wondering right up until the end what she was going to decide. This is a page turner in the best sense. Celine Keating is a wonderful wise author who offers her readers the deep satisfaction of a smart story told beautifully.
--Alice Elliott Dark, author of "Think of England" and "In the Gloaming"
Evocative, philosophical, and downright entertaining, "Play for Me" had me turning pages as if to discover the fate not only of its winning heroine, but of myself.
--Alethea Black, author of "I Knew You'd Be Lovely"
Music pours out of this wonderful novel. "Play for Me" exquisitely captures the lure of the songs that define us and of those who sing them and how they posit the dubious possibility of endlessly transforming and transcending routine existence. In Lily, Keating has created an unforgettable character whose depth, wit, and passion sparkle on every page, and whose quest to redefine herself in the second half of her life is at once painfully and joyously familiar.show more