Review: David Abbott's The Upright Piano Player


The Upright Piano Player
by David Abbott
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
272 pages
ISBN: 978-0-385-53442-0

The snow doesn't give a soft white damn whom it touches.
          --E. E. Cummings
Shit happens
That's the ugly, ineloquent truth in the jumbled mess that is life. Random shit that doesn't make a lick of sense.
Sometimes we discern patterns. We think, if X happened, could that be why Z came along the way it did?
Sometimes it is. Sometimes it isn't.
Often, there's a moment, where it all turns around, upside down, inside out, and the life you're left with looks like a sick joke resembling the one you once had. A very bad dream, where you're watching it unfold one way, screaming from the other side of the soundproof glass, "No! No! No!"
But of course, no one hears you, and the clock can't be turned back.

Henry Cage is an honest, honorable businessman who runs a successful ad agency.
Pushed into retirement by a younger generation anxious to do business a different way, Cage finds himself readjusting to his new circumstances. He is estranged from his son, hasn't spoken to his ex-wife in years, and then learns she has terminal cancer, and work is no longer the distraction or engine that keeps him running.

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