La's Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith
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A heart-warming stand alone novel about the life-affirming powers of music and company during a time of war, from the best-selling and beloved author of The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency.
 
When Lavender, La to her friends, moves to the Suffolk countryside, it’s not just to escape the London Blitz but also to flee the wreckage of a disastrous marriage. But as she starts to become a part of the community, she detects a sense of isolation.  Her deep love of music and her desire to bring people together inspire her to start an orchestra.  Little did she know that through this orchestra she would not only give hope and courage to the people of the community, but also that she would meet a man, Feliks, a shy upright Pole, who would change her life forever.




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About Alexander McCall Smith

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Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the international phenomenon The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, the 44 Scotland Street series, and the Corduroy Mansions series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served with many national and international organizations concerned with bioethics. www.alexandermccallsmith.com
 
Published November 18, 2009 by Anchor. 305 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, War, Romance. Fiction

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Publishers Weekly

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Set mainly during WWII in England, this quiet story about a woman who makes a new life for herself falls short of bestseller Smith's best work. After La Stone's husband leaves her for ano

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The Guardian

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After the collapse of her marriage, La leaves London and moves to Suffolk.

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Suite 101

As a result, La's Orchestra Saves the World is not really about La or her orchestra, but rather a thoughtful take on how people, including one widow leading a simple life in the English countryside, can and will endure, no matter what conditions exist.

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The Bookbag

Summary: La is a young, well-educated widow who finds herself doing farm work as part of her war efforts.

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Pajiba

That was not a mystery per se, so it’s not that Smith must have a mystery in his storyline, it’s just that the one he used in La’s wasn’t interesting enough.

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Scotsman.com

The essence of rural Suffolk routine is captured with relaxed precision, the people – though never fully developed as central characters – being convincing walk-on figures in La's daily life.

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Las Vegas Review Journal

La realizes she can find instruments and local villagers to help fill out an orchestra and volunteers her services.

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Las Vegas Review Journal

La realizes she can find instruments and local villagers to help fill out an orchestra and volunteers her services.

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Australian Women Online

La’s Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith is published in Australia by Little, Brown (an imprint of Hachette) and is available now at book retailers for the recommended retail price of AU$22.99 YOU CAN BUY THIS BOOK ONLINE Australian retailers: The Nile – AU$20.49 SeekBooks.com...

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