From neuroscientist and New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice comes a powerful exploration of regret, forgiveness, freedom, and what it means to be alive.An accomplished concert pianist, Richard received standing ovations from audiences all over the world in awe of his rare combination of emotional resonance and flawless technique. Every finger of his hands was a finely calibrated instrument, dancing across the keys and striking each note with exacting precision. That was eight months ago.Richard now has ALS, and his entire right arm is paralyzed. His fingers are impotent, still, devoid of possibility. The loss of his hand feels like a death, a loss of true love, a divorcehis divorce.He knows his left arm will go next.Three years ago, Karina removed their framed wedding picture from the living room wall and hung a mirror there instead. But she still hasnt moved on. Karina is paralyzed by excuses and fear, stuck in an unfulfilling life as a piano teacher, afraid to pursue the path she abandoned as a young woman, blaming Richard and their failed marriage for all of it.When Richard becomes increasingly paralyzed and is no longer able to live on his own, Karina becomes his reluctant caretaker. As Richards muscles, voice, and breath fade, both he and Karina try to reconcile their past before its too late.Poignant and powerful, Every Note Played is a masterful exploration of redemption and what it means to find peace inside of forgiveness....
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Every Note Played Reviews
Lisa Genova writes novels about severe illnesses as an attempt to raise awareness and funds for research of them. I read Inside the O'Briens, about Hungtington's, and have seen the film based on Still Alice, which is about early-onset Alzheimers (and consequently gave my husband and I both more nightmares than we have ever had from any horror movie.) I hadn't quite made the connection to her previous work when I requested a galley of this novel; I was more focused on the classical pianist angle. ...more
I am a huge fan of Lisa Genova's and have enjoyed and highly recommend her four previous novels, Still Alice, Inside the O'Brien's, Left Neglected and Love Anthony. Genova has a degree in Biopsychology and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, and her medical knowledge adds powerful enrichment to her heartbreaking and life affirming stories that tackle real neurological diseases.
In Every Note Played, concert pianist, Richard, experienced life's joy through playing piano, his expert fingers on the keys were ...more
Powerful. Emotional. Heart wrenching. Captivating. Eye-opening. Informative.
Every Note Played is the story of Richard, a world famous pianist who, in the midst of his thriving career, develops ALS. We witness this devastating disease take over and paralyze his body, stripping him of his career, relationships, pride, independence, freedom and more.
I admit I knew next to nothing about ALS prior to picking up this engrossing book. Lisa Genova beautifully writes an engaging and deeply mov ...more
5 educational and emotionally resonant stars to Every Note Played, my first Lisa Genova novel! 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
I cannot imagine this book being any more emotionally-engaging than it was! I was enthralled from the first chapter, and part of it may have been due to a small personal connection.
Richard is a famous concert pianist diagnosed with ALS. His ex-wife, Karina, teaches children piano lessons in his shadow. When Karina learns of Richard’s diagnosis, she walks through many different expected emotio ...more
”If Karina had grown up fifteen kilometers down the road in either direction, north or south, in Gliwice or Bytom instead of Zabrze, her whole life would be different. Location matters in destiny as much as it does in real estate.”
Growing up in Zabrze, Karina had the advantage of learning how to play the piano by Mr. Borowitz, who taught his students to play Chopin. The piano became her way out of Poland to America and to everything that life brought to her after. In America, she met ...more
I couldn’t take it!
No no no!! This read like a detailed, precise instruction manual for caregivers whose patients are dying horrible deaths. I wanted fiction! The fact that the book had characters and a plot couldn’t save it for me—I was too distracted by the endless and often gross descriptions of the ALS demon. I might as well have been reading about a puppy getting tortured to death.
It’s just me, folks. Genova is an excellent writer and educator. I just think she went overboard this time. Eve ...more
So much thanks given to the publisher, NetGalley and the author for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review.
Lisa Genova is back with her newest novel, “Every Note Played”. Richard is a world-renowned classical pianist, a passion that has taken him around the world, and has cost him both his wife and daughter. When he is diagnosed with ALS, Richard must quickly come to terms with the fact that his passion and the love of his life, piano, can no longer be ...more
Don't get me wrong, this book was pretty gut wrenching at times, had a really insightful look into the progression of ALS, and had some very realistic characters - but in the end I only kinda liked it. This book suffers in part because I can't help comparing it to Genova's other book I have read, Still Alice, which I freaking loved. Both books deal with the progression of a disease that can't be stopped and slowly erodes everything away. But this book takes a slightly different tack, by ...more