PRINT December 2018


Gayle Salamon

In this memoir about love, stepparenthood, loss, grief, sex, friendship, and music, Peter Coviello explores how we create worlds with others and how we lose them, making vivid the vertiginous feeling of falling out of one’s own life. He captures with descriptive precision the kinds of love for which there are no proper descriptors. Long Players: A Love Story in Eighteen Songs (Penguin) is a story about being decimated by a lover’s betrayal that simultaneously unpeels that story. He leans with equal rapture into subjects as disparate as the National and Charles Dickens, about whom Coviello writes: “He took the harm that had been visited upon him, which a part of him must have known he would never outdistance, and by some incredible magic transformed it into an overspilling love for the damaged creatures of the world.” So, too, with Coviello, for whom that magical transformation is

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