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Beautiful Inez

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  79 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Inez Roseman, a noted beauty, has a charismatic husband, two bright children, and a successful career as a lead violinist with the San Francisco Symphony. On the surface, she is a woman with an enviable life. But since the birth of her second child, Inez has been plagued by a depression that’s been deepened by her husband’s philandering. Now, at forty, the violinist is obs ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 7th 2006 by Broadway Books (first published 2005)
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Many times I've read a book about a profession or hobby I know little to nothing about (or even a lot about) and come away enriched. For example, the last book I read before this made me feel that I knew what it was like to be a bank robber during the Depression (as well as just what it was like to live through it). Beautiful Inez gave me no insight whatsoever into the life of a professional musician. Or even what it was like to live a life infused with music. And only the slightest idea of what ...more
The characters come alive in this intense story of extramarital affairs, musical passion, deceit, despair and insanity. I was frustrated by some characters and their twisted reactions to abrupt shifts in their environment and relations with others. But these reactions came off as utterly realistic (perhaps the source of the frustration). While reading about the titular Inez and the other characters in and on the periphery of her life, I kept wondering whether matters could have happened differen ...more
i loved this book. i read it in one day of not sleeping and drining coffe and energy drinks. I loved the plot Inez is a vey talented volinist who is married to a civil right lawyaer who is havign an affiar which is not unknow to Inez. They have two child one who is obsessed wit the cello and the other a practical pre teen girl. Inez's father in law comes to live with them, who used to be her tieacher and who molested her.

On day Sylia see inez at one of her concerts and insttnlky become obsessed
This is a story about a talented symphony violinist,Inez, who is married with two children and a high profile political cheater husband. She is lonely and ends up in the bed of another woman who is like a pill, giving her life joy again.
Obviously if I say anymore I would be spoiling it, overall I wonder if the author really knows women or the character of Inez was just plain insane.
LA Carlson
Apr 01, 2011 LA Carlson rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who appreciate great writing
I came across this book when I read the book review in our local newspaper when it was published in 2005. I purchased and read the book before I went to see the author, Bart Schneider. It is far and away one of my favorite books; one of the few hard copy books I own. The writing is top notch and the characters are flawed and real. The physical appearance of the book is also beautiful. The scenes between the two women are realistic and at times, painful. As any woman can tell you women can be mea ...more
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
I didn't realise this was a prequel or I might not have picked it up; perhaps had I read the first novel I would have cared more. However, all three main characters were unappealing and unlikeable. The sapphic relationship between the two women was trite and unnecessary.
I found this touching, original, beautiful. The author has great respect and empathy for his characters but doesn't patronize. The love and passion ring very true, as does the despair. This moved me...
one of my favorite reads of all time. its incredibly tragic. i cried at this book. its a classic story of how even love and the oppertunity of something beautiful and healing cannot fix the broken.
Lynne Tull
I found it depressing. I am really hooked on "happily ever after/feel good at the end" books.
Nicely written, horribly sad.
Kept me going, but do not read if you don't want to mourn deeply.
Not very interesting; I never felt connected to the characters or their decisions.
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