The last thing Rudy expected was to wake up one Saturday morning, a widower at fifty-four years old. Now, ten months after the untimely death of his beloved wife, he’s still not sure how to move on from the defining tragedy of his life—but his new job is helping. After being downsized from his finance position, Rudy turned to his first love: the piano. Some people might be embarrassed to work as the piano player at Nordstrom, but for Rudy, there’s joy in bringing a little music into the world. And it doesn’t hurt that Sasha, the Hungarian men’s watch clerk who is finally divorcing her no-good husband, finds time to join him at the bench every now and then.
Just when Rudy and Sasha’s relationship begins to deepen, a detective shows up at the store to inform Rudy that his wife may have been murdered—a fellow employee at her workplace has confessed. This sends Rudy into a downward spiral, landing him in the hospital psychiatric ward. While Rudy has harbored the quixotic notion of saving Sasha (from working two jobs, from a deadbeat alcoholic husband, from her own secret grief), it may be Sasha who ends up saving Rudy. Meanwhile, Rudy’s hyper-capable daughter CeCe’s marriage is unexpectedly unraveling, leaving her a mess. How can Rudy save her? As we root for each of these compelling characters they demonstrate that, in the end, with love, compassion, and patience—we ultimately save one another.
With Winston’s trademark humor and sweetness that will appeal to readers of Jennifer Weiner and Fredrik Backman, but is uniquely her own, Lolly Winston delivers a heartfelt and realistic portrait of loss and grief, hope and forgiveness, and two imperfect people coming together to create a perfect love story.