Five Night Stand

(Lake Union Publishing)

Legendary jazz pianist Oliver Pleasant finds himself alone at the end of his career, playing his last five shows, hoping the music will draw his estranged family back…

Frank Severs, a middle-aged, out-of-work journalist, is at a crossroads as his longtime dreams and marriage grind to a standstill…

And piano prodigy Agnes Cassady is desperately grasping for fulfillment before a debilitating disease wrenches control from her trembling fingers…

When Frank and Agnes come to New York to witness Oliver’s final five-night stand, the timeless force of Oliver’s music pulls the trio together. Over the course of five nights, the three reflect on their triumphs and their sorrows: families forsaken, ideals left along the wayside, secrets kept. Their shared search for meaning and direction in a fractured world creates an unexpected kinship that just might help them make sense of the past, find peace in the present, and muster the courage to face the future.

Now available for pre-order at amazon.com. (Publish date: May 12, 2015)


Photo by Chip Chockley

Photo by Chip Chockley




Richard is an award-winning freelance reporter and columnist, and the editor of Inside Memphis Business. He has written the parenting column, “Because I Said So,” for The Commercial Appeal since 2008.

Richard is a native of Memphis, Tennessee, where he currently lives with his wife and four children.