The Music Shop: A Novel

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With delightful romance and subtle humor, The Music Shop pulses with an irresistibly charming story. In 1988, CDs are overtaking records; but one proprietor insists on selling only vinyl in his quaint shop settled in a dilapidated part of town. Frank prides himself on supplying just the right music for each of his customers, recommending everything from Aretha Franklin to Bach, Shalamar to The Sex Pistols. One day Ilse Brauchmann faints outside Frank’s shop; a short interaction with the mysterious, enthralling woman ensues, which ultimately causes Frank to recognize his underlying sadness and loneliness. With interspersed memories throughout, The Music Shop follows one man on his journey toward self-discovery.

Rachel Joyce’s novel is a heartwarming celebration of music, community, and transformation. The plot, though simple, is written with sophistication. While The Music Shop explores emotional pain, Joyce writes with a lighthearted tone that makes this a profound yet fun and easy read. Although predictable, the ending is delivered in a marvelously surprising way that will touch any reader with a soft spot for starry-eyed romance. The Music Shop is a frolicking novel that has everything a good romantic comedy should.


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Author Rachel Joyce
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 320 pages
Publisher Random House
Publish Date 2018-Jan-02
ISBN 9780812996685
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Issue April 2018
Category Modern Literature
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