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 always tackles the tough issues. Alzheimer’s. Autism. Huntington’s Disease. This time it’s ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease. But this one doesn’t go for the obvious sympathy vote. Richard is a concert pianist and is losing the one thing he loves, which is the piano. But he’s also a prick. Divorced from his wife, estranged from his college aged daughter. He’s on top of the world as far as his profession, but once the symptoms of ALS start, he’s forced to see how empty his life is.
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“Everything begins and ends. Every day and night, every concerto, every relationship, every life. Everything ends eventually.”
There is what happens in this story, but also what this story is about. As much a powerfully moving story about ALS as it is about bitterness, resentment and, ultimately, forgiveness. Flawed characters and a fractured family, each with their own story to tell…'funny how the story of their lives can be an entirely different genre depending on the narrator.’
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4 Brilliant Stars.
Lisa Genova does it again. In “Every Note Played” – she tackles the toughest of medical diseases: “ALS” – also known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease” and she does it with dignity and finesse.
Richard is a successful classical concert pianist. His life is his work. He gave up his family for it: his marriage fell apart and his daughter Grace has become a stranger to him. Yet his career has thrived. One day however, Richard loses all feeling in the fingers of his right hand and then his ...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
Lisa Genova does it again with another brilliant portrayal of an insidious disease stealing the life of her main character. As is always the case with her novels, the ugly truth is revealed about flawed families, broken dreams, and the indignities of this cruelest disease. I wonder with each of her books just how long her formula will yield (such spectacular) results, but she got me again...glued to this compulsively readable story and in the end sobbing for its unlikeable protagonist, then for ...more
Every Note Played
MY RATING ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
PUBLISHER Gallery/Scout Press
PUBLISHED March 20, 2018
An emotional profound chronicle of the terrifying effects of ALS disease and the opportunity for redemption it brought to one family.
Richard Evans loves the attention and applause when he plays. He’s an accomplished classical concert pianist and has played in the most famous concert halls all over the world. His fingers are finely calibrated instruments that dance across keys, making music com ...more
His neurons are dying, and the muscles they feed are literally starving for input. Every twitch is a muscle stammering, gasping, begging to be saved. They can't be saved.
I don't know what it is that makes these, um... medical dramas(?) of Genova's so damn compelling. Some writers just seem to have that certain way with words that draws you into the story and the characters' lives. It doesn't matter that her books aren't action-packed; they are pageturners anyway.
Every Note Played sees a famou ...more
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Thanks to Netgalley for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my rating.
DNF at 57% – 2/5
I’m starting off with this: It’s not a bad book. I’m sure I would have given it two stars if I read it to the end. But, it was just a not for me book.
The focus was on a divorced couple. The wife, Karina, is a natural caretaker. The husband, Richard, is a world-renowned piano player (who is also an ass). Richard gets d ...more