Roberta Palmer is a gorgeous former high fashion model, married to David, a successful, wealthy US Senator. He has just now passed away, and Roberta is tapped by the Governor to finish out David’s term of office. She is now thrust into the world of high stakes politics and must cope with her radically changed life.
This is how Sheila Levin’s brilliant novel, Musical Chairs, begins. We are thus given a window into the maneuvering, plotting, and challenges of US politics.
But that is not the whole story.
We are also led into the complex and conflicted lives of the people that surround her. Everyone in this elegantly written drama is coping with themes of love, sex and infidelity, dysfunctional marriages and families, and navigating the sometimes treacherous passages through various stages of life.
This makes for a truly gripping, beautifully and smartly written story with something for everyone. The author describes these characters, and tells the story in such a compelling manner, that I was unable to put the book down. The writing is sometimes poetic but not in a cloying way. Rather, we are given vivid and clear portrayals of these people in crisis.
I can’t recommend Musical Chairs highly enough, and hope everyone enjoys reading this as much as I did.