The Song Beneath the Ice

The Song Beneath the Ice A year after concert pianist Dominic Amoruso s mysterious disappearance during a private recital in Toronto his friend the journalist Joe Serafina receives a package of Dom s tapes and notebooks fr

  • Title: The Song Beneath the Ice
  • Author: Joe Fiorito
  • ISBN: 9780771032318
  • Page: 254
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A year after concert pianist Dominic Amoruso s mysterious disappearance during a private recital in Toronto, his friend, the journalist Joe Serafina, receives a package of Dom s tapes and notebooks from a place called Wolf Cove on Baffin Island By transcribing the tapes and matching them with entries in the notebooks, Joe slowly pieces together the story of what happenedA year after concert pianist Dominic Amoruso s mysterious disappearance during a private recital in Toronto, his friend, the journalist Joe Serafina, receives a package of Dom s tapes and notebooks from a place called Wolf Cove on Baffin Island By transcribing the tapes and matching them with entries in the notebooks, Joe slowly pieces together the story of what happened to his friend.Dom has grown up in the deep shadow of Glenn Gould and in the shadow of expectations that he carry on Gould s heritage It is a heavy load, one he struggles and argues with constantly, challenging Gould s decisions even as his own identity as a musician disintegrates Freely popping a variety of pills to ward off migraines and other, existential pains, Dom confides only in his tape recorder When Joe starts nosing around, he finds that Dom s friends, such as the music store owner Buddy Keane, the photographer Carol Paterson, and his lover, Claire Weller, are either as perplexed as he is by Dom s sudden disappearance or annoyed by the journalist s interest.Fiorito has woven his novel from the separate strands of Dom s tapes and notebooks and from Joe s investigation into the pianist s story Brilliantly conceived and expressed, and with an exquisite sense of place, the story takes us from downtown Toronto s Vietnamese restaurants and homeless shelters to seal skinning contests on Baffin Island The Song Beneath the Ice is a dazzling novel of extraordinary ambition and accomplishment.

    One thought on “The Song Beneath the Ice”

    1. I absolutely loved reading this book. Joe Fiorito is an incredible author and has beautiful writing. I would realize I had just read an entire page on on certain sounds in a restaurant but I wouldn't mind because Fiorito always had me hooked into the story. I found it a little funny that the main character was named Joe and worked as a journalist and I recognized other names from reading The closer We Are to Dying, but don't get me wrong, it was just something I noticed and kind of laughed at bu [...]

    2. I liked the idea of author intentions of progressing the novel with tape recordings of the main character, yet it did not keep me interested

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