- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Lane & Hart Ltd (April 2, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0957098707
- ISBN-13: 978-0957098701
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,860,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Song in the Wrong Key Paperback – April 2, 2012
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A Song in the Wrong Key is a funny/sad, heartwarming/heartbreaking story about what happens when you suddenly realize that the life you've been quite content with isn't really the life you wanted.
Mike Kenton is going through a bit of a rough patch. His 20 year marriage has stagnated and he's just been laid off from a job he lost his passion for years ago while his wife's career is taking off. To help take the edge of the desperation he feels at being unemployed, he turns to music, which had been his passion during college, but which he sensibly gave up when it came time to grow up and lead a productive life. And then suddenly, everything seems to turn in his favor. Does Mike finally get to live his dreams? Will he be able to fix his marriage? Does he even want to?
Mr. Lipson does an excellent job of capturing the angst of a socially awkward adult trying desperately not to fall flat on his face as he tries to salvage what's left of his dignity given the situation he finds himself in. Mike's story unfolds as Mr. Lipson masterfully describes Mike's relationships: with his wife, his children, his best friend, and his old college girl friend (not girlfriend), for whom he had unrequited feelings which he never really got over. I can relate to Mike on so many levels and as a result found myself rooting for him as life just sort of happened to him. I also felt the bitter sting of every slight, rejection, insult and outrage, whether real or imagined. This is definitely one writer I will keep an eye on.Read more ›
I give this story 4 out of 5 clouds.
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It was definitely not something I was expecting. I don't really relate to the middle age woes of the protagonist Mike Kenton, but I found myself sympathizing with him. Simon Lipson's characterization and writing style were great and I really enjoyed all the time he put in to developing his characters. From the brash, animated Ben to the timid, hormonal babysitter Bea, each character was vibrant and felt like a real, fleshed-out person.
The story moved along at a good pace and there were quite a few genuinely funny parts. At times, I had to reread a sentence or three in order to fully understand what the other had written. Like another reviewer said, I consider myself knowledgable...but some of the archaic-sounding words threw me for a loop. I was glad to expand my vocabulary, though!
I feel like the end of the story was a bit rushed and I would have liked a bit more closure, but maybe that was the author's intent? Overall, I found it to be a very enjoyable read and it definitely makes me want to go to Eurovision even more now :)
Mike Kenton is a fabulously realistic character. His self confidence is at an all time low and he finds himself in some rather humiliating situations. His occasional bouts of self pity are perfectly balanced by his self-deprecating inner monologue and his excellent sense of humor. It is easy to visualize him plodding through the early days of unemployment. I found myself commiserating with his feelings of inadequacy as he competes with twenty-somethings for the same job. I completely understood his desire to revisit the unfulfilled dreams of his youth. And I cheered him on as he sought out Faye Lester, the object of his unrequited love from his college days.
Mike's marriage to Lisa has been faltering for some time, and it completely disintegrates under the strain of Mike's unemployment and his worsening sense of self-worth. I was thoroughly charmed by his dedication and love for his two young daughters Millie and Katia. He puts a tremendous amount of effort into keeping a stable and loving relationship with them. He does not just want to spend time with his girls; he wants to make their time together special. He puts considerable thought and effort into their outings.
Mike's friendship with his childhood friend Chaz Lucerno has withstood the test of time.Read more ›