A Novel Soundtrack: The End of Loneliness by Benedict Wells

I know you love reading books, but do you like listening to them too? There are novels that carry a lot of music within them, and Benedict Wells’ The End of Loneliness is such a novel.

A novel whose descriptive language has a cinematic quality to it, The End of Loneliness ties its characters together through song, from Jules’ early memories of road trips with his parents to the various stages of his relationship with Alva through the decades. It includes Paolo Conte’s classic, which wins over girls, as Jules’ mother tells him, his Nick Drake obsession, Alva’s almost ritualistic practice of listening to George Gershwin, all bookended with the Beatles’ “Paperback Writer.”

The perfect reading companion, the playlist is also something to come back to once you finish the book and start missing these characters.

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