Read This Now: The Index
What if there were an army of indie booksellers enthusiastically reading and reviewing practically every new book coming out in the next year, and what if the books they were the most excited about, the books they couldn't wait to push into their customers' hands with a breathless "You've GOT to read this!" (virtually or otherwise), the ones with all the nine- and ten-star ratings were carefully curated and collected in a handy list? Well, all we can say is...KEEP READING!
I am such a huge fan of this book and this author. Beautiful Music, set in 1970s Detroit, is just what the title states. A young Danny Yzemski is growing up chunky kid with a love of pop radio and a turbulent home life. He starts his freshman year in a new school being confronted by racial tension issues previously he only experienced through the news and his mother's snide comments. When a tragedy happens, Danny's mother becomes more and more obsessed with the world's cultural changes and tries to drive them out of her life with booze and pills. In this storm, Danny finds comfort in music. Like beautiful music, this book is permeated with the power to make you sad, lift you up, and carry you home.
Beautiful Music by Michael Zadoorian ($16.95*, Akashic Books), recommended by Fountain Books, Richmond, VA.