In 14 original stories, Jane McCafferty illuminates modern life, weaving her love of music throughout the lives and stories of her characters. From two middle-aged strangers who meet in an empty baseball stadium during a rainstorm, to a 23-year-old man who brings his 62-year-old wife home to meet his parents, to a young couple who live next door to an unemployed clown and his wife, these stories are at one unexpected and enthralling.
This collection of short stories, linked by the theme of music, is a gorgeous follow-up to One Heart, award-winning writer Jane McCafferty’s critically acclaimed debut novel.
“At the heart of this work… lies an uncanny talent for making the the implausible both believable and poignant. Characters’ lives take the strangest turns in Thank You for the Music, and yet a reader navigating the terrain of these 14 short stories is likely to experience compassion and recognition as often as surprise. McCafferty captures her characters at these moments when they are most vulnerable, most pushed to the edge, and then leads them just beyond the edge — not to watch them fall, but to witness the unexpected ways they are buoyed up. ”
– Catherine Tudish, Valley News
“McCafferty is a gifted writer and observer of the nuances of modern loneliness, especially adolescent angst. Her characters — confused teenagers, lonely divorcees, married couples going through the motions — often find solace from their despair in the most unexpected places.”
– Christina Rouvalis, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
– Publishers Weekly
– Joanne Wilkinson, Booklist