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read Five Night Stand mobi Å Paperback ¼ moneyexpresscard Î Legendary jazz pianist Oliver Pleasant finds himself alone at the end of his career playing his last five shows hoping the music will draw his estranged family backFrank Severs a middle aged out of work journalist is at a crossroads as his longtime drLegendary jazz pianist Oliver Pleasant finds himself alone at the end of his career playing his last five shows hoping the music will draw his estranged family backFrank Severs a middle aged out of work journalist is at a crossroads as his longtime dreams and marriage grind to a standstillAnd piano prodigy Agnes This first novel reads like a work from the ripest part of a successful author’s career Finely etched characters delineated with great insight and empathy and a plot that builds and builds toward a uniue and satisfying conclusion are two of its many strengths The story takes place mainly in New Orleans Memphis and New York City Memphis is at the center for reasons than just geographical and its evocation of the jazz scene in those three storied places is richly realized and reminiscent of Dorothy Baker’s Young Man with a Horn Alley’s narrative moves like Coltrane on a run and is rendered in prose as smooth as a Miles Davis solo I wanted to be among the first to praise the book with jazz similes He reminds us that Memphis isn’t just about the blues and rock and roll There is a whole culture of music here fertile inspiring and everlasting I didn’t want the story to end so it is a fine thing that the main characters have taken up permanent residence in my literary memory Readers of contemporary fiction rejoice A new artist has stepped up to the mic

text ☆ Five Night Stand Ò Richard J. Alley

Ect on their triumphs and their sorrows families forsaken ideals left along the wayside secrets kept Their shared search for meaning and direction in a fractured world creates an unexpected kinship that just might help them make sense of the past find peace in the present and muster the courage to face the futur 84 year old jazz pianist Oliver Pleasant is performing for his last five night stand before retirement His career started at age 14 in 1935 when he lived in Winona Mississippi His career took him to Memphis and riverboats to Harlem to New Orleans to France Music was a harsh mistress demanding awful sacrifices His wife Francesca and their children lived without his presence Now his wife is gone and his daughter won't see him Nostalgia and regret loneliness and loss fatigue and pain are left behind when he plays He is twenty five again as he calls out tunes by Monk Basie King Oliver Agnes learned to love jazz sitting side by side with her father at the piano She is twenty two but is losing control of her hand is in constant pain and knows her days are limited She has come from Winona to NYC hoping a doctor can solve the mystery of her body Bridges daily tempt her to make her own solution She has come to the club to see Oliver play his last five night stand Also drawn to the club is Frank who at forty four is an out of work Memphis journalist writing a free lance story on Oliver's last five night stand Frank is floundering uncertain of his career his wife seeming distant the harder they try to get pregnant Will he lose everything?Oliver tinkers on the keys In an almost organic growth the notes turn into a melody His hands fly across the keys stunning even the band into awe The audience realize they are witnessing something beyond their ken On the stairs of Oliver's apartment waits a ten year old boy He has listened to Oliver's music through the floor boards He wants to learn to play He wants music to save himThe power of music permeates Five Night Stand by Richard J Alley as it does his character's lives Oliver is a wonderful character imperfect and driven I enjoyed this book the characters and especially the love of music that permeates the pages The writing near the end gets a little obvious the authorial voice a little preachy By then I was too invested in the characters to mind too much Oliver tells Pablo to find whatever makes you whole For Oliver it was his music

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Five Night Stand Cassady is desperately grasping for fulfillment before a debilitating disease wrenches control from her trembling fingersWhen Frank and Agnes come to New York to witness Oliver’s final five night stand the timeless force of Oliver’s music pulls the trio together Over the course of five nights the three refl Loved it Alley creates a distinct voice for each of the main three characters who are bound by jazz and history I was completely drawn into their lives and wanted to know about each of them Loved the descriptions of 3 of my favorite cities Memphis New Orleans and New York