Julian Donahue is in love with his iPod.
Each song that shuffles through that greatest of all human inventions triggers a memory. There are songs for the girls from when he was single; theres the one for the day he met his wife-to-be, and another for the day his son was born. But when his family falls apart, even music loses its hold on him, and he has nothing.
Until one snowy night in Brooklyn, when his lifes soundtrackand life itselfstarts to play again. He stumbles into a bar and sees Cait ODwyer, a flame-haired Irish rock singer, performing with her band, and a strange and unlikely love affair is ignited.
Over the next few months, Julian and Caits passion for music and each other is played out, though they never meet. In cryptic emails, text messages, cell-phone videos, and lyrics posted on Caits website, they find something in their bizarre friendship that they cannot find anywhere else. Caits star is on the rise, and Julian gently guides her along her path to famebut always from a distanceand she responds to the one voice who understands her, more than a fan but still less than a lover.
As their feelings grow more feverish, keeping a safe distance becomes impossible. What follows is a love story and a uniquely heartbreaking dark comedy about obsession and loss.
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"Starred Review. This is a triumphant return for Phillips to the level he achieved in his wonderful debut, Prague." - Publishers Weekly.
"Phillips attempts an antinovel wherein we are to be carried away by Music's power to disconnect us from and connect us to our most honest selves. This comes, unfortunately, at the expense of story and dramatic tension." - Library Journal.
"The problem is Cait, whose ostensibly irresistible allure is never fully convincing ... Still, the novel's clashing harmonies seduce and fascinate. And Phillips still looks like the best American novelist to have emerged during the present decade." - Kirkus Reviews.
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Arthur Phillips was born in Minneapolis in 1969 and educated at Harvard. He
has been a child actor, a jazz musician, a speechwriter, a dismally failed
entrepreneur, and a five-time Jeopardy! champion.
His first novel, Prague, a national bestseller, was named a New York Times Notable Book, and received The Los Angeles Times/Art Seidenbaum Award for best first novel. His second novel, The Egyptologist, was a national and international bestseller, and was on more than a dozen Best of 2004 lists. His other novels include Angelica, The Song Is You, and The Tragedy of Arthur. His work has been translated into over twenty languages.
He lives in New York with his wife and two sons.
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