The Music Room, by Dennis McFarland
“I love this book because it is a haunting, touching, and beautifully written story about a deeply flawed family. I also love it because it was put into my hands more than 20 years ago by a young woman who said to me: ‘You must read this book.’ Did I ask that young woman to marry me because of McFarland’s book? That might be overstating things. But sometimes when someone changes your life by handing you a great book, she might be there to change your life in other ways as well.”
—Garth Stein is the author of three novels, including The Art of Racing in the Rain ($15, amazon.com).
To buy: $14, amazon.com.