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When The Music Stops by Joe Heap

Of Memories And Love

When The Music Stops by Joe Heap is a beautiful contemporary novel about life with its loves and losses.

The story has a serene atmosphere as we see the life an octogenarian has lived. The novel alternates between present day and significant events in her past.

The stories are linked by her love of music. The music remains even as the memory is going due to dementia. It is sad to witness the struggle for words but the power of past memories is huge. Present day is hazy but the past is rich and very much alive. As life is drawing to a close, far from being emptier, it is fuller as the memories of a life lived well mount up.

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