Play for Me

Play for Me

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It happens without warning: At a folk-rock show at her son s college, Lily becomes transfixed by the guitarist s unassuming onstage presence and beautiful playing and with his final note, something within her breaks loose. After the concert, Lily returns to her comfortable life an Upper West Side apartment, a job as a videographer, and a kind if distracted husband but she can t stop thinking about the music, or about the duo s guitarist, JJ. Unable to resist the pull of either one, she rashly offers to make a film about the band in order to gain a place with them on tour. But when Lily dares to step out from behind her camera, she falls deep into JJ s world upsetting the tenuous balance between him and his bandmate, and filling a chasm of need she didn t know she had. Captivating and provocative, Play for Me captures the thrill and heartbreak of deciding to leave behind what you love to follow what you desire."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 217 pages
  • 140 x 213 x 15mm | 272g
  • She Writes Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 1631529722
  • 9781631529726

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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 more

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62 ratings
3.75 out of 5 stars
5 27% (17)
4 37% (23)
3 24% (15)
2 6% (4)
1 5% (3)
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