Lonesome Lies Before Us by Don Lee

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Read Lonesome Lies Before Us Online Free - Yadin Park is a talented alt-country musician whose career has floundered—doomed first by his homely looks and lack of stage presence and then by a progressive hearing disorder. His girlfriend, Jeanette Matsuda, might have been a professional photographer but for a devastating heartbreak in her teens. Now Yadin works for Jeanette’s father’s carpet-laying company in California while Jeanette cleans rooms at a local resort.

When Yadin’s former lover and musical partner, the celebrated Mallory Wicks, comes back into his life, all their most private hopes and desires are exposed, their secret fantasies about love and success put to the test.

Drawn to the music of indie singer-songwriters like Will Johnson, who helped shape the lyrics in this book, Don Lee has written a novel that unforgettably captures America’s deepest yearnings. Beautifully sad and laced with dark humor, Lonesome Lies Before Us is a profound, heartfelt romance, a soulful and memorable song.

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ISBN : 0393608816
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 336 pages


Trish rated it ★★★★☆

May 31, 2017

Don Lee’s novels have always resonated with me and towards the end of his latest, I began to understand why. Lee is resolutely plebeian in his writing: he gives his characters, no matter how wealthy or learned, no place to hide from our judgments of them. The business of living is messy, he seems...

Dewitt rated it ★★★★★

April 26, 2017

A gorgeous, solidly realized, and astonishing novel. Don Lee's masterpiece. Pick a passage: "People were often confounded by Yadin's singing voice, considering how soft-spoken and taciturn he was in conversation. It was a high baritone, big, commanding, splintered with husk and yearning. To unsus...

Amanda Mae rated it ★★★★★

April 13, 2017

This book found me at just the right moment. It's a contemplation of people between rocks and hard places who have to decide what their dreams are when faced with reality. Making a main character a musician just made me connect with it even more. It's sad and beautiful. I felt bursts of inspirati...

Wesley rated it ★★★☆☆

March 08, 2017

Lee is a great storyteller but this little guy just didn't feel as tight as his other work. Its pacing makes the book palatable and pleasurable to read and Lee's innate warmth is a real gift. Ultimately, though, the novel's emotional joints feel stiff and just aren't limber enough to invest too d...

Amy rated it ★★★★★

June 13, 2017

Despite talent, alt-country/Americana musician Yadin Park's musical career never took off due to his insecurities, lack of charisma and stage presence and then Meniere’s disease, a debilitating hearing disorder. Being a musician, an artist of any kind isn’t an easy profession. The music industry...

Andrienne rated it ★★★★☆

June 10, 2017

This book bottles up yearning and heartbreak into an engrossing story.

Paul rated it ★★★★★

July 03, 2017

Beautifully done. He captures the lives of people on the edge, and their edgy relationships with those who are more outwardly successful. People keep saying (and who are these people anyhow?) that good fiction isn't being written anymore. Don Lee proves them wrong. Lots of well detailed backgroun...

Daryl rated it ★★★★★

May 02, 2017

I've been a fan of alt-country music since before it had that label, thanks to the Jayhawks and other bands of their ilk. When I saw the description for this novel ("A contemporary alt-country ballad of heartbreak, failure, love, and unquenchable yearning in novel form") on the Goodreads first-re...

John Paul Young Thug rated it ★★★★★

June 16, 2017

A melancholic beast of a novel Definitely recognisable as a Don Lee book, but this one has a tinge of sadness and regret to it and less humour. Still absolutely recommended though, and with any luck it will bring him the wider audience he deserves.

Eva rated it ★★★☆☆

June 06, 2017

full disclosure: i took a fiction writing class with don lee while he taught at emerson college. but i don't think i'm biased, more than anything i was feeling trepidatious about reading this. his class gave me a lot of anxiety that i think remains unresolved. i requested lonesome lies before us...

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