FICTION

The Weight of a Piano

Knopf. Jan. 2019. 336p.ISBN9780525654674. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780525654681. F
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OrangeReviewStarIn 1962 Russia, eight-year-old Katya is bequeathed a German Blüthner piano and lives to play, compose, and eventually teach music. In 2012, 26-year-old Clara Lundy, a gifted car mechanic living in Bakersfield, CA, is thrown out of her apartment by her latest boyfriend. In the process of moving into a new place, her treasured Blüthner piano slips, breaking her hand and putting her working days on hold. The piano is the only remaining possession that ties her to her parents, who were killed in a house fire when she was 12, but she needs money to pay the rent and places an ad for the piano. After agreeing to sell to a photographer with passionate ties to the piano, Clara immediately regrets it, and neither woman will cede her claim. The two negotiate a rental agreement that leads them both on a remarkable road trip of discovery and healing from shared tragic pasts that won't let go.
VERDICT From award-winning author Cander (Whisper Hollow), this beautiful tale of the intersecting stories of Katya and Clara, two strong women working hard to rebuild their shattered lives, is impossible to put down and impossible to forget.—Beth Andersen, formerly with Ann Arbor Dist. Lib., MI

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