Wheeler, Susan. Record Palace.

Author:Theiss, Nola
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

WHEELER, Susan. Record Palace. Graywolf. 278p. c2005. 1-55597-420-1. $15.00. A

Like listening to jazz, like reading poetry, like walking in fog, this novel does not lead the reader in a straight line through the plot. The story begins with Cindy, a California girl who leaves the sunlight, which has been blinding her, to go to school in Chicago. Life in downtown Chicago with its dirty streets, smoky bars, and strange characters is like a foreign language to her, but one she aches to learn. It is her ears that lead her to the Record Palace, a record store filled with jazz classics in the formats of the past, even in the novel's setting of the '70s, and its giant proprietor, Acie. Like Buddha, Acie holds court in his store and in blonde Cindy's life, and it is Acie's son who leads her to trouble.

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