THE SONG READER by Lisa Tucker
Publisher Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster, May 2003
Can the lyrics to a song reveal the secrets of the heart... ?
Set in the early eighties in southern Missouri, THE SONG READER tells the story of Leann and her older sister Mary Beth. "Song reading" is Mary Beth’s invention and talent; from the vignettes of favorite lyrics and unforgotten songs, she helps her clients see into their futures. It is this gift that makes this small town waitress special not only in the eyes of her younger sister, but to others in their hometown as well. But it is a talent that comes at a price.
In this sparkling debut, Lisa Tucker takes a fascinating premise--the
possibility of reading the future through songs--and uses it to tell the
absorbing story of two sisters, struggling to grow up together. If Mary
Beth were practicing nearby, I'd be one of her clients. THE SONG
READER is a delightful and engrossing novel.
I’ve just made that most rare and wonderful discovery–a writer at
the start of her brilliant literary career. Lisa Tucker is the real deal,
my friends, and you’re going to thank me for telling you about her debut
novel, THE SONG READER. You’re going to start reading this
book slowly, hoping it will never end, hoping you won’t have to say
goodbye to Leeann and Mary Beth, Juanita and Henry. This is an achingly
beautiful and bittersweet tale about secrets that eat the soul and about
the shadow of the past falling across our lives like a shroud.
A novel of remarkable wisdom and tenderness, THE SONG READER
is about the journeys we take away from and back towards
self-understanding. Every splendid page inspires courage.
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