Music Through the Floor This wry, incisive book gathers a well-drawn group of rudderless characters seeking a deeper hold on their world. They've drifted far from their true selves… Music Through the Floor This wry, incisive book gathers a well-drawn group of rudderless characters seeking a deeper hold on their world. They've drifted far from their true selves… 2005-10-25 Fiction Scribner
Book Review

Music Through the Floor (2005)

EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: Oct 25, 2005; Writer: Music Through the Floor; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Scribner

This wry, incisive book gathers a well-drawn group of rudderless characters seeking a deeper hold on their world. They've drifted far from their true selves — by circumstance (like Ofelio, the lowly but proud migrant worker at the center of ''Diablo''); by their own selfish, stunted conduct (the jealous girl who turns a written homework assignment into a frenzied denunciation of her sister in ''Essay #3: Leda and the Swan''); and by unchecked desire (the itchy dad perturbed to learn that a trip to the pet store won't yield a peek at his favorite salesgirl in the short, affecting ''Neon Tetra''). The brilliant story ''Mission,'' in which a teacher of English as a second language is spurned by a student who misreads his intentions, caps the awe-inspiring debut, Music Through the Floor that introduces readers to Eric Puchner's great strength: the ability to chronicle the oddest of behaviors with a humane, unsparing voice.

Originally posted Nov 04, 2005 Published in issue #849 Nov 11, 2005 Order article reprints
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