The Music Room is about a guy named Marty. His wife and he are separating and then he finds out that his brother Perry has killed himself. Marty heads out to New York from California to try and figure out what happened to him. A lot of the book is told through flashbacks of when Marty and Perry were younger and growing up with parents who are alcoholics. I have to say while this book was a quick read, I thought it was setting up for some other kind of outcome with the story. The book was very dark and I guess it proves money can’t buy happiness.
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About the Book
Musician Marty Lambert’s life is already falling apart when he receives the phone call that changes everything. His brother, Perry, has killed himself in New York, and Marty—with his marriage on the rocks and his record company sliding into insolvency—decides to leave San Francisco to investigate exactly what went wrong. His trip sends him headlong into the life his only brother left behind—his pleasures and disappointments, his friends, his lovely girlfriend, Jane—and finally, to the home they shared growing up in Virginia. Along the way, through memories and dreams, Marty relives their complicated upbringing as the children of talented, volatile musicians and alcoholics. Through the tragedy, Marty finally faces the demons of his past, ones he pretended he had buried long ago, to emerge on the other side of grief, toward solace and a more hopeful future.