A Tandem Narrative Literary Nonfiction
Story of Survival and Love
John Lipscomb and Adrianne Lugo
The Painting and The Piano is an improbable story of survival and love.
The childhoods of Johnny and Adrianne couldn’t have been more different. Not only were they born more than one thousand miles apart, but the cultural and financial contrasts between their respective childhoods are equally as stark.
Old-money wealth and privilege defined Johnny’s childhood in Ladue, Missouri, to St. Louis what Scarsdale is to New York City or Beverly Hills to Los Angeles. From the moment of his birth, Johnny’s world was private clubs, private schools, private jets, high-society etiquette, and a loving nanny named Lizzy.
Middle-class Jewish values, bickering but loving parents, and the distinct character of Long Island defined Adrianne’s early life. It was a public school, public transportation, Jones Beach, and Lawn Guyland rather than Long Island or tawk instead of talk.
However, Johnny and Adrianne’s childhoods share a tragic parallel that damaged each other to the core of their psyche, their emotional well-being and brought both to the brink of death.
Where their story diverges from so many others is that rather than fall into the darkness, Johnny and Adrianne reached for the light. Thus began their respective journeys of healing, which led from the slow death of addiction to a serendipitous meeting, falling in love and building a shared life dedicated to the service of others.
Told as a tandem narrative, Adrianne and Johnny pass their individual stories of childhood trauma and abuse, addiction, healing, and final triumph of love back and forth in alternating chapters. Their stories are unique but share parallels that create a taut and emotionally compelling narrative.
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“A vivid, moving account of addiction, trauma, and hard-won triumph by two survivors.”
“I really couldn’t put it down. Johnny and Adrianne’s stories are stories of loss, fear, suffering, and true growth told in a beautiful format.”
Wally Klein, Net Galley
“Any reader who enjoys a great work of non-fiction, an autobiography, or a story of redemption and triumph in the fate of great odds and a different history should absolutely read, The Painting and The Piano.”