Rachel Joyce’s The Music Shop is a tribute to music and its ability to move us. Fans of High Fidelity and The Rosie Project will fall in love with this quirky romance about a record store owner, his band of misfits, and a mysterious woman with eyes as black as vinyl.
It’s 1988 and Frank’s music shop sits on a rundown street alongside a religious gift store, a bakery, a tattoo salon, and a funeral home. The shop owners form an unlikely tribe determined to persevere amidst changing times as developers encroach on their way of life. Frank only sells Vinyl and has an astounding ability to prescribe the exact record his customers need; ranging from Aretha to Vivaldi.
When Ilse Brauchmann faints outside of Frank’s shop his world tilts. “It was years since Frank had felt so naked and light. He had to lean against the door and breathe deeply.”
What follows is not only a romance, but a jubilant story about friendship, adversity, and the music that carries us through life. The Music Shop will make you want to put on your favorite album and listen with someone you never want to take for granted. Best paired with a Tartiflette “It’s an alpine dish” and an orange squash. Bonus pairing: The Music Shop playlist on Spotify.