Book Review: Piano From A 4th Storey Window by Jenny Morton Potts


Piano From A 4th Storey Window by Jenny Morton Potts

Cahoots Publishing (paperback), 2014

359 pages  

I was given a free copy by the author in exchange for a review. 


Lawrence Fyre and Marin Strang aren’t like other people.

He is the eccentric owner of failing Sargasso Books in the Brighton Lanes. She is an ex-Jehovah’s Witness and isolated Spanish teacher. If they live together in his illegal, beautiful, rope laddered lock-up, can their love overcome their losses?

Original, sexy, very funny and deeply moving. An author in complete control of a number of unforgettable characters and emotional highs and lows, Jenny Morton Potts leaves the reader breathless, and wanting more.


What kind of man is going to tell you that he lives with The Ladies & Gentlemen? That the Ladies & Gentlemen are an imaginary audience? That they applaud, gasp, cry, hiss, stamp, shout, ‘Nooo’, at his life choices. Who would say that on a first date? And who would admit, additionally, happily, that they have an imaginary servant called Lolita? What kind of idiot would expect to get lucky after these psychotic confessions?


I loved Piano From A 4th Storey Window. This is one of the best novels I’ve read in ages. I loved everything about this funny, sad, brilliant, life-affirming novel. I thought the characters were brilliant. I loved Lawrence and Marin a little. I shared every drop of their pain. I thought the setting was great. I loved the way the author blends funny moments and sad moments. Piano From A 4th Storey Window touched me deeply, more than a novel has in ages. My heart went out to Lawrence and Marin at times. This is the sort of novel that reaffirms the meaning of life. I loved every word.




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