There’s no writer more talented than the one writing his own fate. And in his last book, he will recollect all the women in his life, both those who wronged him and those who helped him rectify his wrongs. Vincent Panettiere’s strikingly honest narration allows us to enter an erotic stream of a man’s unconsciousness as he makes his final confessions.
Charlie Forte is a successful writer. But for him, he isn’t a genius; his success is pure luck. This good fortune brought him and his family enough money to buy a house. He has a wife, Jessica, to whom he was married for 25 years and with whom he has two children, both of whom are old enough to be around. Then there’s Sierra, who has been his lover for ten years. Jessica and Sierra were not the only women in his life, he had more. All of which contributed to his needs, his beliefs, and also his fears. After a long time, he was now ready to reveal where all this is coming from—all the women in his life. Unfortunately, he wouldn’t be there to see its success, for at the end of the day, Charlie plans to die.
This is a narrative about a man and his relationships with all the ladies in his life. From his mother, sisters, and other relatives to the ladies he met at school, in his profession, both successful and unsuccessful connections he had. He learned a lot from these individuals, and they shaped and altered him in small ways. Charlie, the primary character, has a distinct personality. He has a strong need to be in charge and does not enjoy being dictated to, particularly by women. Nobody is his equal, unless he allows them to be on the same level. Some will like him, some might hate his disposition, but one thing’s for sure, he is a human being capable of being flawed.
Even in the first few pages, the prose and passion will completely captivate you. Panettiere’s words had an emotional quality to them. Maybe it was the character’s honest thoughts. Even still, there is a part of him that wears a veil. This is a thought-provoking book. Some may raise their eyebrows, some may just chuckle, and yet others may claim that the author did an excellent job in stimulating some mental faculties in his readers.
It was astonishing how gently and easily the book revealed the reasons for the main character’s behavior and the factors that contributed to it. The storyline will educate us on the delicate nature of men’s emotions and how they conceal them via their powerful persona and words. It’s also one of the aspects of this novel that you’ll admire, it’s straightforward and brave. There are certain difficult subjects that are rarely discussed in other works, but Panettiere is honest with how he created his characters’ personalities. There is no better story than the one that toyed with your own thoughts, the author did that, and it deserves a standing ovation.
If you are looking for something fresh and surely a different take on narration, then The Music of Women by Vincent Panettiere is a perfect read for you. With powerful words and a genius way of telling a story, it will become a new favorite once read. It was honest, reflective, and poetic, a story that will leave you twisted in your thoughts.
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Pub Date: November 16, 2020
Page Count: 222
Publisher: BookBaby (November 16, 2020)
Review Posted Online: November 16, 2020
Writera Magazine Reviews Issue: February 22, 2022