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Pianos and Flowers: Brief Encounters of the Romantic Kind
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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2021
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From the beloved and best-selling author of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, a charming collection of stories about life and romance

In these fourteen delightful tales, Alexander McCall Smith imagines the lives and loves behind some of the everyday people featured in pictures from the London Sunday Times photographic archive. A young woman finds unexpected love while perusing Egyptian antiquities. A family is forever fractured when war comes to Penang, in colonial Malaysia. Iron Jelloid tablets help to reveal a young man's inner strength. And twin sisters discover that romance can blossom anywhere—even at the altar.

Throughout Pianos and Flowers, McCall Smith employs his indomitable charm to explore the possibilities of love, friendship, and happiness.
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Street Date:
01/19/2021
Language:
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Alexander McCall Smith. (2021). Pianos and Flowers: Brief Encounters of the Romantic Kind. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.

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Alexander McCall Smith. 2021. Pianos and Flowers: Brief Encounters of the Romantic Kind. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.

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Alexander McCall Smith, Pianos and Flowers: Brief Encounters of the Romantic Kind. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2021.

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Alexander McCall Smith. Pianos and Flowers: Brief Encounters of the Romantic Kind. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2021. Web.

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        Smith (the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series) returns with a placid collection inspired by photographs from the London Sunday Times archive. The photos appear alongside each story, their subjects generally imagined to possess lonely souls. In the heartbreaking “I’d Cry Buckets,” the feelings between two teenage boys in Scotland go unsaid, leading to decades of missed opportunities for love. The comical “St. John’s Wort” features a crafty Scottish wife who concocts an herbal remedy for her frazzled husband who is obsessed with the Cuban Missile Crisis. In the misery-filled title story, WWII uproots a wealthy British rubber company executive and his family. In “Students,” a fuming landlord learns the pitfalls of renting to university students. Smith’s polished descriptions enliven the photos’ time capsule qualities and convincingly explore the societal conventions of their eras, but none of the characters is very distinctive and some may as well be interchangeable, typified by the passive 26-year-old Scottish woman who moves to London in “Sphinx”: “She had drifted into something... without any conscious assertion of will, any firm choices, because it was easy.” Still, Smith’s expert handling of conflict and rich imagination make this one his fans will enjoy.

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