Author: Amy Poeppel
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Publication Date: July 21, 2020
Book Description: Bridget and Will have the kind of relationship that people envy: they’re loving, compatible, and completely devoted to each other. The fact that they’re strictly friends seems to get lost on nearly everyone; after all, they’re as good as married in (almost) every way. For three decades, they’ve nurtured their baby, the Forsyth Trio—a chamber group they created as students with their Juilliard classmate Gavin Glantz. In the intervening years, Gavin has gone on to become one of the classical music world’s reigning stars, while Bridget and Will have learned to embrace the warm reviews and smaller venues that accompany modest success.
Bridget has been dreaming of spending the summer at her well-worn Connecticut country home with her boyfriend Sterling. But her plans are upended when Sterling, dutifully following his ex-wife’s advice, breaks up with her over email and her twin twenty-somethings arrive unannounced, filling her empty nest with their big dogs, dirty laundry, and respective crises.
Bridget has problems of her own: her elderly father announces he’s getting married, and the Forsyth Trio is once again missing its violinist. She concocts a plan to host her dad’s wedding on her ramshackle property, while putting the Forsyth Trio back into the spotlight. But to catch the attention of the music world, she and Will place their bets on luring back Gavin, whom they’ve both avoided ever since their stormy parting.
With her trademark humor, pitch-perfect voice, and sly perspective on the human heart, Amy Poeppel crafts a love letter to modern family life with all of its discord and harmony. In the tradition of novels by Maria Semple and Stephen McCauley, Musical Chairs is an irresistibly romantic story of role reversals, reinvention, and sweet synchronicity.
Rating: 5 Stars
Review: This book was so in my wheelhouse, it was like it was written for me specifically. Taking place over one Summer, Bridget and Will who have been friends forever, have major life decisions to make.
Bridget and Will have been part of a reputable Piano trio since College. There is one problem they are down one player. They think they have one of the biggest violin players signed, when that all falls apart.
During this time Bridget goes to her summer home in Connecticut, which she is planning on spending with her boyfriend. In the course of day, he breaks up with her, her two adult children move home with her, and she finds out her father is getting remarried to his best friend’s wife.
Will, is very single, and about to lose his apartment in NYC. He also happens to meet a woman on the way to Connecticut, who he quickly discovers he has feelings for.
This all culminates into a very charming complicated family story. This is a very loving family and yes, Will is family to Bridget and her kids. I loved this book so much, even the supporting cast was perfectly written in. One thing that bother me sometimes is that everything has to be tied up at the end with a bow. While this has a very satisfying ending, Poeppel has left the ending up to interpretation.
Thank you NetGalley and Atria Books for an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.