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Dennis McFarland

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About the Author

Dennis McFarland was born in 1950 and received his B.A. from Brooklyn College. In 1981, he was awarded a Wallace Stegner fellowship. In addition to writing books, McFarland has taught creative writing at Stanford University and has written numerous contributions to such periodicals as Mademoiselle näytä lisää and The New Yorker. His novels are generally about families ravaged by alcoholism. They include "School for the Blind," "The Music Room," and "A Face at the Window." (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
Image credit: Photo by Larry Keane, found at author's website

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Associated Works

The Penguin Book of Gay Short Stories (1994) — Avustaja — 308 kappaletta
The Best American Short Stories 1990 (1990) — Avustaja — 216 kappaletta
The New Granta Book of the American Short Story (2007) — Avustaja — 205 kappaletta
A Few Thousand Words About Love (1998) — Avustaja — 22 kappaletta
Omni Magazine March 1983 (1983) — Avustaja — 4 kappaletta
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Winter 2014 (2013) — Author "Fiction: Fog of War in the Wilderness" — 3 kappaletta

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McFarland, Dennis



I don't have any strong problems with the book; I don't have any particular praise. It's 300 pages of how a wife, son, and best friend deal (or mostly doesn't deal) with the death of her husband/dad/friend. There's not really a cheerful page in the book, yet even though it deals with an emotional topic, I never felt emotionally connected to the characters. The story and extremely limited plot line does use the 3 main characters to show 3 very different reactions to grief and different ways to deal with death. It was just ....... okay.… (lisätietoja)
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Terrie2018 | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 21, 2020 |
The Music Room by Dennis McFarland is a recommended novel that focuses on a dysfunctional family of alcoholics.

Marty Lambert's life is already in shambles when he receives the call informing him that his brother, Perry has committed suicide in NYC. Marty, a record producer in San Francisco, and his wife are divorcing and he has already started to reduce his possessions down to 2 suitcases when he recieves the phone call that sends him to NYC to try and figure what lead his younger brother to apparently commit suicide. When he arrives in NYC, Marty finds no easy answers explaining the reason for Perry suicide. He does meet Perry's girlfriend, Jane Owlcaster, and inherits his dog.

Perry's death leaves Marty with a mystery that he is determined to solve, although he goes about it in a befuddled, self-examination kind of trance rather than face his need for mourning. As Marty seeks answers, along the way he also reminisces about the past and recalls the neglectful, turbulent upbringing he and Perry experienced in a family of alcoholics. As can often be the case some of the answers may be found in the past. Or maybe there are no real answers to be found. Marty must also face his own inherited legacy of alcoholism.

McFarland's beautifully expressive prose carries the novel while the narrative itself can be trying. Reading about a family of wealthy, self-centered alcoholics doesn't usually guarantee any great connection with the characters for me. Although I certainly felt empathy for Marty, I grew weary of him wallowing in his unhappiness as he explored his emotions. That said, there are some very poignant scenes with a keen insight into these deeply flawed characters.

Disclosure: My Kindle edition was courtesy of Open Road Media via Netgalley for review purposes.
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SheTreadsSoftly | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 21, 2016 |
I read 5 chapters. It was intriguing, but just not interesting enough to keep me in it. Weird stuff going on and probably there is a reason. I don't find myself caring to find out.
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ajlewis2 | Feb 24, 2016 |
The main focus of the book was the segregatio/desegregation of schools in the South-but as seen through a 10 yr old. I think by using a child the author was allowed to be more honest-as children tend to be. There were a few moments when I teared up and another when I fully cried. Very well written.

This is not a kid's book if the narrator's age led you to believe so.
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twileteyes | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 4, 2016 |


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