PIANO MAN by Joyce Sweeney


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In a variegated tapestry of relationships, Deidre Holland--who at 14 has never even been alone on a date--confuses fantasy with reality when she's attracted to a 26-year-old man. Transported by the ""curiously thrilling"" music emanating from the apartment overhead, Deidre is soon enchanted by its composer as well; convinced that she alone understands Jeff and his music, she creates bold strategies to win his love. Also eager to explore the unknown are Deidre's cousin Susie, dating the unpredictable, troubled Curt; and Deidre's mother, preoccupied with her first romantic involvement since her husband's death 12 years ago. Mrs. Holland's frequent absences provide opportunities for Deidre to visit Jeff and, during one intricately planned weekend, for both cousins to indulge their fantasies--until reality shatters their illusions. Sweeney astutely conveys Deidre's self-conscious and easily aroused erotic sensibilities, while deft dialogue, willing players, and plausible events illustrate the physical and emotional dangers of acting out fantasies, however innocent.

Pub Date: May 1st, 1992
Page count: 230pp
Publisher: Delacorte