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Dec 18, 2007
| ISBN 9780307419859
Dec 18, 2007 | ISBN 9780307419859
From critically acclaimed novelist Bart Schneider comes a captivating tale of romantic love and sexual adventure, social change and family upheavals, set against the vibrant backdrop of San Francisco in the 1960s.Inez Roseman has a brilliant career as a violinist with the San Francisco Symphony, a successful husband, and two bright and talented children. But despite her seemingly perfect life, Inez is obsessed with thoughts of suicide. Sylvia Bran also has an obsession. Enraptured with the beautiful violinist, she pretends to be a reporter and arranges to interview Inez. At once seductive and solicitous, she awakens Inez from the suffocating grip of her career, the demands of motherhood, and the tensions caused by her husband’s many affairs. The two women become lovers, embarking on a dance of passion and betrayal that soon spins out of control.Like Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha and Michael Cunningham’s The Hours, Beautiful Inez is an unexpected journey into the lives of masterfully drawn, unforgettable women, by one of the literary world’s leading writers.
BART SCHNEIDER is the author of the novels Blue Bossa, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Secret Love, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; and Beautiful Inez.
“Beautiful Inez takes us into the heart’s uncharted territories, where two unlikely lovers come together in San Francisco in the early 1960s—the beautiful Inez, a concert violinist and unfulfilled wife, and the impetuous, passionate bohemian, Sylvia, who sees in Inez her own salvation. A memorable, risk-taking novel that gets the people, the time, and the place just right.” —Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander“Inez and Sylvia are powerful, unforgettable characters, but they are made so in large part through Schneider’s description of the music they share. His ability to probe so deeply, for example, into the melancholia that grips Inez’s soul is tied inextricably to his reflections on Bach’s Partita in D Minor. A brave novel and a resounding success.” —Booklist (starred review)“Beautiful Inez is a marvelous performance by an artist who has made his language by turns syncopated and then shimmering, as if an entire life and landscape have been laid out for the enthralled reader in fluid song. Inez weaves through the narrative, haunting and intense and unforgettable.” —Susan Straight, author of Highwire Moon“Schneider spins a good yarn—and he knows his Mendelssohn.” —Kirkus Reviews
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