The Piano Man

The Piano Man

Book - 2006
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Haunted by the death of her teenage son, Claire O'Neal finds solace in a letter from Mason MacKinnon, an accomplished violinist who received her son's heart, but years later, when she finds him playing piano in a dive bar, Claire vows to save him.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ont. : MIRA Books, [2006], c2005.
ISBN: 9780778322269
0778322262
Branch Call Number: PRESTON
Characteristics: 331 pages ; 22 cm.

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May 19, 2010

I really enjoyed this book. It was a little slow in the beginning but it took some unexpected twists and turns that kept me on edge. I particularly like the fact that there were no villains in this story, just ordinary, flawed people dealing with the hardships of life and death.

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May 20, 2010

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May 19, 2010

Three years after the car accident that killed her 17-year-old son, Nathan, Claire O'Neal clings to grief, her life empty but for imagined conversations with the boy she raised on her own and her hectic job as a San Antonio, Tex., real estate agent. Preston strikes an uneven tone in this sentimental novel about loss and letting go. When therapy doesn't help, Claire decides to chase after Nathan's heart, which was transplanted to Mason McKinnon, a concert violinist with heart disease. She tracks Mason down to Sante Fe, New Mexico, where she finds him working as a piano player in a seedy bar, "wasting his health and a providential talent." She schemes her way into Mason's life and strives to preserve her son's gift by preparing healthful meals for Mason and hiding his cigarettes. Their friendship survives the revelation of her identity as the mother of his organ donor, and evolves into a strange romance. Awkwardly woven in with this story are peeks at other characters significantly affected by Nathan's death: his high school girlfriend Lindsey and the trucker who's wracked with guilt for his role in Nathan's accident. Preston's well-intentioned novel ultimately offers redemption and healing for its tragedy-stricken characters.

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May 20, 2010

"Dear Stranger,
You don't know me but you are my hero.
My husband, Mason received your son's heart,
You have given him a new life."

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