About Play for Me

Play for Me is a serious, moving, and utterly delightful portrait of a woman wavering between the bonds of fidelity and the pull of desire. Céline Keating knows as much about the world of folk/rock music as she does about the workings of the heart.”

—Hilma Wolitzer, author Summer Reading
and An Available Man

Read additional praise for Play for Me here.

Middle-aged Lily impulsively joins a touring folk-rock band, leaving her job and marriage behind in an attempt to find a second chance at life, passion, and art.
 
It happens without warning: At a folk-rock show at her son’s college, Lily becomes transfixed by the guitarist’s unassuming onstage presence and beautiful playing—and with his final note, something within her breaks loose.
 
After the concert, Lily returns to her comfortable life—an Upper West Side apartment, a job as a videographer, and a kind if distracted husband—but she can’t stop thinking about the music, or about the duo’s guitarist, JJ. Unable to resist the pull of either one, she rashly offers to make a film about the band in order to gain a place with them on tour. But when Lily dares to step out from behind her camera, she falls deep into JJ’s world—upsetting the tenuous balance between him and his band mate, and filling a chasm of need she didn’t know she had.
 
Captivating and provocative, Play for Me captures the thrill and heartbreak of deciding to leave behind what you love to follow what you desire.


“This novel sings! Empty-nester Lily hears a duo perform in concert at her son’s college, she is captivated by the guitarist, the lure of music and the magic of performance. Céline Keating writes about music with the knowledge of a music critic and the soul of a musician; she totally drew me into Lily’s life-changing enchantment with music and those who create it.”

—ELLEN MEEROPOL, author of House Arrest and On Hurricane Island

Play for Me is a serious, moving, and utterly delightful portrait of a woman wavering between the bonds of fidelity and the pull of desire. Céline Keating knows as much about the world of folk/rock music as she does about the workings of the heart.” 

—HILMA WOLITZER, author Summer Reading and An Available Man


“Evocative, philosophical, and downright entertaining, Play for Me had me turning pages as if to discover the fate not only of its winning heroine, but of myself.”

—ALETHEA BLACK, author of I Knew You'd Be Lovely
 

“I was so moved by Play for Me. Though the story revolves around issues of morality and fidelity—what do we owe ourselves versus what do we owe our loved ones—I cared about each character and hoped he or she would find happiness. This is a page-turner in the best sense. Keating is a wonderful, wise author who offers her readers the deep satisfaction of a smart story told beautifully.”

—ALICE ELLIOTT DARK, author of The Gloaming and Think of England
 

“Music pours out of this wonderful novel. Play for Me exquisitely captures the lure of the songs that define us—and of those who sing them—and how they posit the dubious possibility of endlessly transforming and transcending routine existence. In Lily, Keating has created an unforgettable character whose depth, wit, and passion sparkle on every page, and whose quest to redefine herself in the second half of her life is at once painfully and joyously familiar.”                                 

—SUSAN SEGAL, author of Aria

“What draws people to music and musicians? The answer speaks to the transformative power of music and art: that which makes the difference between mere existence and a life fully savored.  In Play for Me, Céline Keating has woven together the story of a late-life journey to explore one’s authentic self. For her character Lily, music and beauty as redemptive forces prevail, despite heart-wrenching ups and downs. You need not be a music aficionado to be riveted by this eloquent tale.”

—ALAN FARK, editor of minor7th.com

• Read an excerpt from Play for Me here.

• To see a trailer for Play for Me on YouTube, click here.

• Download an author photo here.

• Download a high-resolution image of the Play for Me cover here.

• Download the Play for Me reading group guide here.

• Céline was tapped for “The Next Big Thing” on Goodreads, where she discusses her newly completed novel, Play for Me.

• Céline was featured in the East Hampton Press (April 22, 2015)   
 
• Céline was interviewed on Girl Seeks Place.

• Céline discusses how to build your platform by building community, on the blog “Fine Lines.”

• Céline reads an excerpt from Play for Me on The Author’s Corner, NPR.

• Céline is “inspiring,” (Booksparks)