Book Spotlight On “Musical Chairs” By Amy Poeppel @AtriaBooks and @AmyPoeppel

Amy Poeppel, the “quick-witted and razor-sharp” (Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Daisy Jones & The Six) author of Limelight and Small Admissions has created a “profound, delicious, and soul-stirring” (Caroline Leavitt, author of Pictures of You) novel in MUSICAL CHAIRS, a charming story of role reversals, reinvention, and sweet synchronicity.

Classical cellist Bridget is preparing her country home for two months of romance with the man she hopes to marry when he emails to cancel not only the vacation, but the relationship entirely. Shortly thereafter, her adult children arrive unannounced, with their literal and emotional baggage. Her summer is suddenly much messier than she anticipated.

Her once-empty nest is not only full, but also falling apart. As she begrudgingly repairs her heart and her home, her tenuous foundation cracks further: her father, a famous musician now in his late 80’s, announces his engagement to a longtime friend of the family; and the violinist hired to reinvigorate her chamber trio backs out.

The Forsyth Trio, comprised of herself, her best friend Will and an always-changing third person, has informed much of Bridget’s life since Juilliard. She and Will are compatible, committed, loving, and to people’s constant shock, totally platonic. The group’s demise would distance Bridget from Will, an unnerving possibility that feels more and more imminent as they struggle to fill the open position.

Unlike the symphonies her father writes, and she plays, Bridget learns that life cannot be perfectly arranged. It’s messy and uncertain, but so incredibly full.


Amy Poeppel is the author of Musical Chairs, Limelight and Small Admissions, which was first performed as a reading at the Actors Studio. Amy has worked as a stage actress and teacher and now lives with her husband and three sons in New York City and Frankfurt, Germany.


Atria/Emily Bestler Books | On Sale: July 21, 2020 | ISBN: 978-1-5011-7641-8| $27.00


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