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Pianos and flowers: Brief Encounters of the Romantic Kind

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"In Pianos and Flowers we are invited, through the medium of sepia images, to glimpse a world long departed. In these stories, inspired by long-lost photographs, the lives of the people in the frame are imagined and then explored, layer by layer. What must have it like to be them? We hold our breath for them. Our heart beats faster for them. We look again at the photograph in a new light, and say Yes, it might have happened just like that. This journey of exploration takes us to some exotic places. We share the lives of three sisters, brought up in Penang. We read of what happened to them, and to their Chinese neighbors caught in the tides of war. We see a group of small boys in a Glasgow slum, their young lives stunted by poverty, and hear how life worked out in contrasting ways for them. We follow a young woman's search for love in the unlikely realm of Egyptian antiquities. And through all of these photographs, and all of these stories, there runs the same refrain: the possibilities of love, of friendship, of happiness lie before us. There are big stories in these simple pictures. At first glance the photographs may seem unexceptional: the mere freezing of a moment in time. But delve deeper and you will realize that these photographs speak volumes"--
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Grouped Work ID85884a41-ed99-aa00-cd2a-9060c809f199
Grouping Titlepianos and flowers brief encounters of the romantic kind
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subject_facetAntiquities -- Egyptian -- Fiction
Fiction
Interpersonal relations
Interpersonal relations -- Fiction
Large type books
London (England) -- Fiction
Love -- Fiction
Photographs
Photographs -- Fiction
Romance fiction
Short stories
title_displayPianos and flowers : brief encounters of the romantic kind
title_fullPianos and Flowers Brief Encounters of the Romantic Kind
Pianos and flowers : brief encounters of the romantic kind / Alexander McCall Smith
Pianos and flowers [text (large print)] : brief encounters of the romantic kind / Alexander McCall Smith
title_shortPianos and flowers
title_subBrief Encounters of the Romantic Kind
topic_facetAntiquities
Egyptian
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Interpersonal relations
Love
Photographs
Romance
Short Stories