•Paperback: 272 pages
•Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (May 12, 2015)
Legendary jazz pianist Oliver Pleasant finds himself alone at the end of his career, playing his last five shows, hoping the music will draw his estranged family back…
Three lives intersect in a story reflecting on successes, regrets and disappointments along with a sprinkling of secrets. Centering on a jazz icon as he revisits his esteemed career traveling through the blossoming era of jazz. One man sharing his story, his passion for music evident, leaving a mark on others lives as they struggle with individual issues.
“Oliver sees himself as a carpenter, a craftsman putting notes and melodies together, fitting them when they will, stepping back to rest and reconsider when they won’t.”
Alley is a gifted writer, his prose reads like a intricate symphony, downright lyrical. The varying characters, intriguing and incredibly complex, their story’s compelling, capturing your interest. A wonderfully crafted story combining love, life and of course music and its power. Affecting, utterly enjoyable, you’ll find yourself questioning your passion. Jazz lovers will undoubtedly appreciate Alley’s yarn, wonderful jazz musicians referenced, acclaimed songs noted, you’ll find yourself lost in a dazzling musical journey.
About Richard J. Alley
Richard J. Alley is an award-winning reporter, columnist, and editor from Memphis, Tennessee, where he lives with his wife and four children.
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