Oliver Pleasant, renowned jazz pianist, has decided it's time to retire at age 85. As his final farewell, he is playing five nights at his friend, Benji's, club in New York City. This "five night stand" will bring Oliver together with Agnes, a young, troubled pianist, Frank, a newspaper reporter, and a variety of other characters who will use Oliver's jazz music as a backdrop to their own personal journeys.
In Five Night Stand, Richard J. Alley tells a story about a jazz legend using the rhythm of jazz. Smooth and poetic, Alley's writing style immerses the reader into the musical setting, making you want to linger over the words with an old record playing in the background. The novel is broken into five sections, one for each night of Oliver's final performance. Each section shares a bit more about Oliver, Agnes and Frank, taking us deeper into the music of their lives.
All three main characters drew me into their stories. Though they have diverse backgrounds and have lived very different lives, they are all connected through the music. And this connections sends each of them on a slightly different course than they had expected. Much of the novel is focused on Oliver telling his stories to Frank, Agnes and the young boy who is his neighbor. But we also grow close to Agnes, who is trying to understand the illness that is taking over her body, and to Frank, who is searching for meaning in his life.
Five Night Stand is an emotional, musical novel that brings the reader into the jazz scene and shows the impact music can have on people and the trajectory of their lives.
My rating: 5/5
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This review was written based on a copy of Five Night Stand that I received from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
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