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From the PublisherJill McCorkle The true brilliance of John Rowell's stories is that he holds the reader perfectly suspended between hysterical laughter and unshakeable heartbreak. His vision encompasses the quirky details of everyday life as well as the biggest, darkest, unanswerable questions. If Dorothy Parker and Truman Capote ever had a love child, his name would be John Rowell. The godparents might well be Oscar Wilde and Carson McCullers. The Music of Your Life bears the blessings of that literary parentage along with a contemporary spin that places Rowell in his own wonderful orbit. Long may he shine.
Stephen McCauley In the world of John Rowell's wonderful stories, movie soundtracks and Lawrence Welk's "champagne music" play in counterpoint of some of life's more difficult passages. Rowell's compassion, humor, and love of telling stories never falter, whether he's writing about schoolyard bullies, a very gay weekend in the country, or Lucille Ball.
Mark Childress John Rowell's debut in the world of fiction is completely remarkable. While the first thing you notice about these stories is their highly polished comic tone, it's the undertow of sweet sadness that lingers after you've read them.
Susan Cheever These are wonderful stories — they go right to the heart of things. Vivid in detail, and rich with feeling, each story encompasses a whole world, complete with imperfections. A remarkable and impressive debut.
Lee Smith John Rowell wears his heart on his immaculate sleeve in this impressive collection. Stylish, smart, and frequently hilarious, these stories are deeply touching as well. I can't imagine a more auspicious debut.