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Title:
Rhapsody : a love story
Author:
Gould, Judith.
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Publication Information:
New York : Dutton, 1999.
Physical Description:
338 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780525945161
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Book

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Summary

Gene Logsdon has found an imaginative way to introduce gardeners to a more total enjoyment of nature--fauna as well as flora. From suburb to countryside, every gardener knows that there are many pests who delight in one's precious creations--rabbits devour petunias, raccoons eat the almost ripe sweet corn, deer browse the morning glories, crows pull up young corn sprouts. How can gardeners and wildlife live together in harmony. Gene knows.


Author Notes

Judith Gould lives in the historic Hudson River Valley, where she is at work on her next novel.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

For almost his entire life, pianist Misha Levin has been a star. He has been pampered by his parents, and adored by millions, and his superior musical talents have made him a legend in the classical music world and helped his family escape communist Russia for Israel. Impressed by his genius, the Bunims, a wealthy Russian Jewish family living in New York, pay for the Levins to move to the U.S. Misha soon falls in love with Vera, the Bunims' daughter, and their relationship simmers as a tender friendship. Then, after choosing a new agent, another Russian transplant named Manny, Misha's career soars. With bookings in the best concert halls all over the world, and lucrative recording contracts, Micha has complete confidence in Manny, but Vera is not so trusting of him--or Misha, once his former lover, Serena, comes back into his life. Gould does a wonderful job creating suspense, building a rich, layered history among her characters, and making her novel almost impossible to put down. --Alexandra Shrake


Publisher's Weekly Review

A devastatingly handsome concert pianist and connoisseur of love, Misha Levin agonizes for several hundred pages of this predictable novel trying to choose between two gorgeous women. Davis (Till the End of Time) keeps her intricate plot moving, but the love triangle is so stereotypical it distances drama. Russian-Jewish babe-magnet Misha has been transplanted to New York via Israel. He's a phenomenal success as a musician and is blessed, moreover, with incomparable sexual prowess, insatiable desires and a body that defines masculine perfection. His only problem is that he owns the hearts of two dazzling women, both of whom will do whatever it takes to get him. Elegant, intelligent, blond angel Vera Bunim, daughter of his ultra-wealthy benefactors, is Misha's first sweetheart, but he dumps her to sow his wild oats when he meets dark-haired Florida-born seductress Serena Gibbons. But Serena is an ambitious photographer who won't give up her career to raise a family. On the rebound, dejected Misha marries Vera and fathers a son, Nicky. Despite Vera's total devotion to Misha and his career, when Misha and Serena meet again eight years after they parted, the erstwhile lovers can't resist a fiery affair. Meanwhile, villains close in. Misha's agent, Manny Cygelman, has a diabolical deal with Brighton Beach goons; if he can't persuade Misha to tour Russia, the pianist's hands will get broken. And Vera's old boyfriend, crazy-with-jealousy Simon Hampton, wants to kill Misha. Misha's unbelievably noble parents, Sonia and Dmitri, hover nearby, ready to rise or recede as their wunderkind demands. Serena's agent, Coral Randolphe, has her own agenda: she's a stick-thin, ghostly pale lesbian in Manolo Blahnik heels. The vivace-paced story swings by Vienna, London and Kyoto, while brand-names often substitute for description and locales are as one-dimensional as the characters. Readers may notice that Misha's craft is virtually ignored throughout. It seems he's a musician only to whip up clich‚d fantasies about his "great hands" that expertly play women like instruments. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

More music, this time from a concert pianist (complacently married) who reignites an old affair. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.