Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “Musical Chairs” by Amy Poeppel, Atria Books, July 21, 2020
BRAVO! Amy Poeppel, the author of “Musical Chairs” has orchestrated an exhilarating, unique, witty, entertaining, riveting and captivating story. The genres for this novel are contemporary literature, family drama, and fiction. The timeline for this story is set in the present and goes back to the past when it pertains to the characters and events. The story takes place mostly in Connecticut, and also in New York. The author describes the colorful, dramatic, and dysfunctional cast of characters as complex and complicated. I love the way Amy Poeppel vividly describes the characters, events, plots, and scenery. I could easily see this being made into a screenplay.
I especially appreciate that this novel does revolve around music. There is symbolism between synchronicity, harmony, and balance in music as well in life with the family, and friends that are in this story.
The female protagonist, Bridget, has many roles in this story. She is a musician, daughter, mother, friend, planner, and more. Bridget and Will have been friends and been part of the “Forsyth Trio”. Varying different people have been the third in this “trio” and it is time to find another to continue to “make music”.
A variety of complications seem to invade Bridget’s space. Her twin adult children find themselves back home in Connecticut. Bridget’s elderly father announces his upcoming wedding, and it looks like Bridget will be hosting this. You will have to read this to see everything that happens!!
I appreciate that the author discusses the importance of family, friendship, loyalty, love, and hope. Each character brings his/her ‘tone” to the final composition,
I enjoyed this witty, delightful, unique, and thought-provoking novel and highly recommend that you read it!