The Weight of a Piano

The Weight of a Piano A Novel

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"Emotions resonate across time in Chris Canders's absorbing tale." - Guardian

"Intense and imaginative." - The New York Times

"Cander grabs the reader in her bravura, thickly detailed opening pages." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Impossible to put down and impossible to forget." - Library Journal (starred review)

A dazzling exploration of how the human heart can both break and be restored

Hidden in dense forests high in the Romanian mountains, where the winters were especially cold and long, were spruce trees that would be made into pianos: exquisite instruments famous for the warmth of their tone and beloved by the likes of Schumann and Liszt. One man alone knew how to choose them . . .

The Weight of a Piano is a tour-de-force about two women and the piano that inexorably ties their lives together through time and across continents.

In 1962, in the Soviet Union, eight-year-old Katya is bequeathed what will become the love of her life, a Blüthner piano built by a master piano-maker at the turn of the century in Germany. In 2012, in California, twenty-six-year-old Clara Lundy loses another boyfriend and again has to find a new apartment, a situation which is further complicated by the gift her father had given her for her twelfth birthday: a Blüthner piano. The mysterious-and tragic-connections between Katya and Clara unravel gradually yet thrillingly in Chris Cander's powerful novel about attraction, obsession, creative passion, love and loss.

"This is a powerful tale of how we live with grief, with what we hang on to of the people we love and the joy and pain of memory…a riveting read." - Paul Burke NB Magazine

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Europa Editions

Europa Editions

Europa Editions is an independent publisher of literary fiction, non-fiction, and high-end crime fiction based in New York and London. The company was founded in 2005 by Sandro Ferri and Sandra Ozzola Ferri, who are also the owners and publishers of the Italian press, Edizioni E/O. The idea behind the creation of Europa Editions was to capitalize on Edizioni E/O’s deep roots in European publishing to bring fresh voices to the American and British markets and to provide quality English editions of international literature that had a distinct look and consistently high level of editorial standards. The Europa catalog is eclectic, reflecting the founders’ belief that dialogue between nations and cultures is of vital importance and that this exchange is facilitated by literature chosen not only for its ability to entertain and fascinate, but also to inform and enlighten.

Book information

ISBN: 9781787702103
Publisher: Europa Editions (UK) Ltd.
Imprint: Europa Editions
Pub date:
Edition: Paperback original
DEWEY: 813.6
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 314g
Height: 135mm
Width: 208mm
Spine width: 27mm