An Unfinished Score

By Elise Blackwell
(Unbridled Books, Paperback, 9781609530396, 272pp.)

Publication Date: April 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the May 2010 Indie Notables
“You can read Elise Blackwell's An Unfinished Score as if you were listening to a great string quartet: there's a harmony that exists between her characters, and a complexity that allows for unexpected - intriguing - results. Blackwell faultlessly connects classical music to her exploration of loss and relationships, and she's an excellent storyteller, combining tension and thoughtfulness. Not since Vikram Seth's An Equal Music have I read such appealing music fiction.”
-- Laura Kuechenmeister, Bookworks, Albuquerque, NM


Description

As she prepares dinner for her husband and
their extended family, Suzanne hears on the radio
that a jetliner has crashed and her lover is dead.
Alex Elling was a renowned orchestra conductor.
Suzanne is a concert violist, long unsatisfied with
her marriage to a composer whose music turns
emotion into thought. Now, more alone than
she’s ever been, she must grieve secretly. But as
complex as that effort is, it pales with the arrival of
Alex’s widow, who blackmails her into completing
the score for Alex’s unfinished viola concerto.
As Suzanne struggles to keep her double life a
secret from her husband, from her best friend,
and from the other members of her quartet, she
is consumed by memories of a rich love affair
saturated with music. Increasingly manipulated by
her lover’s widow and tormented by the concerto’s
many layers, Suzanne realizes she may lose
everything she’s spent her life working for.
A story of love, loss, sex, class, and betrayal,
this psychologically compelling novel explores
the ways that artists’ lives and work interact, the
nature of relationships among women as friends
and competitors, and what it means to make a life
of art.




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  1. Suzanne believes that she loves both Ben and Alex. Is it possible to love more than one person at a time? Does that make her affair more or less excusable?

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