11 Stories

Stories When Roscoe Jones a one time trumpet prodigy loses his finger he loses than his ability to play Instead of becoming a musician he becomes the superintendent of the Chicago apartment building where

  • Title: 11 Stories
  • Author: Chris Cander
  • ISBN: 9780988946507
  • Page: 123
  • Format: Paperback
  • When Roscoe Jones, a one time trumpet prodigy, loses his finger, he loses than his ability to play Instead of becoming a musician, he becomes the superintendent of the Chicago apartment building where he has lived since birth Very soon, his life is no longer his own he fades into the background, plumbing and fixing and toiling for the tenants populating the elevenWhen Roscoe Jones, a one time trumpet prodigy, loses his finger, he loses than his ability to play Instead of becoming a musician, he becomes the superintendent of the Chicago apartment building where he has lived since birth Very soon, his life is no longer his own he fades into the background, plumbing and fixing and toiling for the tenants populating the eleven stories above him Although they hardly notice him as anything but a working part of the building, he develops a sometimes uncomfortable intimacy with the details of their complicated lives Every night, in the privacy of his basement quarters, alone with his secret longings, he plays his trumpet That is until the evening he climbs to the roof to play in public for the first time in fifty years and the course of his life is irrevocably changed For some, losses may turn, unexpectedly, to gain For Roscoe, the relationships he forms with the tenants two, in particular justify the amputation of his finger and the forfeiture of his dreams This is a story about sacrifice and service, longing and love and the abiding hopefulness of the human heart that connects us all.

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