The Upright Piano Player

The Upright Piano Player

A Novel

Book - 2010
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An adroit first novel of exceptional grace and emotional power by a legendary British ad executive.

"David Abbott's The Upright Piano Player is a wise and moving debut, an accomplished novel of quiet depths and resonant shadows." --John Burnham Schwartz, author of The Commoner and Reservation Road

Henry Cage seems to have it all: a successful career, money, a beautiful home, and a reputation for being a just and principled man. But public virtues can conceal private failings, and as Henry faces retirement, his well-ordered life begins to unravel. His ex-wife is ill, his relationship with his son is strained to the point of estrangement, and on the eve of the new millennium he is the victim of a random violent act which soon escalates into a prolonged harassment.
 
As his ex-wife's illness becomes grave, it is apparent that there is little time to redress the mistakes of the past. But the man stalking Henry remains at large. Who is doing this? And why? David Abbott brilliantly pulls this thread of tension ever tighter until the surprising and emotionally impactful conclusion. The Upright Piano Player is a wise and acutely observed novel about the myriad ways in which life tests us--no matter how carefully we have constructed our own little fortresses.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, c2010
ISBN: 9780385534420
Branch Call Number: ABBO
Characteristics: 264 p

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Pisinga
May 15, 2015

Nice, smooth writing, but I didn't feel that there is a some kind of conclusion.

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reedstevens
Sep 05, 2011

A gripping story of Henry Cage whose life with a successful career under his belt, money, beautiful home and a reputation as a just and honorable father and grandfather estranged from his ex-wife and son, is violently shattered.

As the stalker comes closer, Cage attempts to redress the mistakes of his past.

Exciting, smart and beautifully written by a Brit.I highly enjoyed this!

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