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An Unfinished Score by Elise Blackwell
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Mar 17, 10

bookshelves: fiction, romance, music
Read from March 14 to 17, 2010

From my blog...[return]An Unfinished Score is an exquisitely composed work of fiction, lyrical in tone and quality, a literary ballet, a complex story told through music, while the ending, as with a good concert, will take the reader's breath away. Suzanne Sullivan is leading a double life. She is married to Ben, yet had been seeing a married man, Alex Elling, her orchestra conductor. Suzanne learns of Alex Elling's tragic death while making dinner for her family. Suzanne is unable to outwardly mourn for Alex, cannot even attend his private funeral, yet all the while she must be supportive of her friend Petra and continue to help out with Petra's brilliant and deaf child Adele. A month after Alex's death, Suzanne meets with Olivia, Alex's widower, who has an unusual proposition for Suzanne involving her completing Alex's unfinished viola concerto. As Olivia struggles to finish the posthumous viola concerto, she relives her time with Alex all the while desperately trying to maintain her secret from Ben, Petra and Adele and continue on with her daily routine. Suzanne's character is flawed and her actions questionable, which makes her an all too realistic character. Ben, Petra, Adele, and Olivia are brought to life as imperfect in one fashion or another in this beautifully choreographed narrative, rendering each of them endearing. An Unfinished Score is poetic as well as lyrical as the feelings flow across the pages as notes in a composition. An Unfinished Score is not only a deeply moving, but also an elegant work of fiction. An Unfinished Score would make for an excellent discussion group book and without reservation I highly recommend An Unfinished Score.
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