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Published Date : November 13, 2012
Two-Part Inventions begins when Suzanne, a concert pianist, dies suddenly of a stroke in the New York City apartment she shares with her producer husband Philip. Rather than mourn in peace, Philip becomes deeply paranoid: their life is based on a fraud and the acclaimed music the couple created is about to be exposed. Philip had built a career for his wife by altering her recordings, taking a portion of a song here and there, from recordings of other pianists. Syncing the alterations seamlessly, he created a piece of flawless music with Suzanne getting sole credit.
In this urban, psychological novel, author Lynne Sharon Schwartz brilliantly guides the reader through a flawed marriage and calculated career. Beginning with Suzanne’s death and moving backwards in time, Schwartz examines their life together, and her remarkable career, while contemplating the nature of truth, marriage and the pursuit of perfection.
LYNNE SHARON SCHWARTZ is the acclaimed author of several books, including Ruined by Reading, Disturbances in the Field, In the Family Way and The Writing on the Wall. Lynne Sharon Schwartz’s reviews and criticism have appeared in many leading magazines and papers. She has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Foundation for the Arts, and has taught in many writing programs here and abroad. She is presently on the faculty of the Bennington Writing Seminars. She lives in New York City.
Praise for other titles by Lynne Sharon Schwartz:
Disturbances in the Field:
“A quiet masterwork of late-20th-century American realism.” —Kirkus Reviews
“At a time when we are continuously drenched with trash and hype that threaten to drown us, Disturbances in the Field seems a more-than-welcome return to a classic idea of the novel… A wonder to read… I can think of no other contemporary writer who writes so well, with such rich sensuality.” —Alice Adams, Los Angeles Times Book Review
The Writing on the Wall:
“It wouldn’t surprise me if, years from now, historians attempting to portray local public reaction to 9/ 11 look to The Writing on the Wall.” —Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times
Ruined by Reading:
“Here’s the story, by a fine novelist, of her happy addiction to books…. Ruined by Reading is…by a gifted, ferociously intelligent novelist…. In her essay, which is a love letter to books she read and reads and to the act of reading itself, Schwartz obeys the law of gravity but also manages to float free of the Earth at times, and almost to fly. For while she speaks here of intellectual obligations and serious encounters, she also writes about fun — about what has set her free.” —Frederick Busch, Los Angeles Times