Every Note Played

Every Note Played

A Novel

Book - 2018 | First Scout Press hardcover edition.
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A once accomplished concert pianist, Richard now has ALS. As he becomes increasingly paralyzed and is no longer able to live on his own, Karina becomes his reluctant caretaker. As Richard's muscles, voice, and breath fade, both he and Karina try to reconcile their past before it's too late. This is a masterful exploration of redemption and what it means to find peace inside of forgiveness.--Amazon.com
Publisher: New York : Scout Press, 2018.
Edition: First Scout Press hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781476717807
Branch Call Number: FIC GENOVA
Characteristics: 307 pages ; 22 cm


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SnoIsleLib_MarieB Feb 05, 2018

Follow the journey of a concert pianist and his estranged ex-wife after he is diagnosed with ALS. Unflinchingly real and beautifully written, this story will grab you by the heart and hold you until the final page.

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Aug 02, 2018

I love Lisa Genova's books and writing. I have read all of her work and looked forward to this one. I was not able to strongly connect with Richard and go through his journey as much as I thought I would. Still an excellent read and great information on ALS and the process that those stricken with it, and their families, go through.

Jul 26, 2018

This book is like a symphony that has varied movements. We become intimate with ALS through the eyes of Richard and Karina. Genova's research and expertise in the area of neurology gives us solid medical information along with the lyrical prose. The pianist in me was enthralled by the musical inferences and I weep with Richard and Karina over the circumstances that have brought them to where they are. Have a box of tissues ready for the end if you haven't need them already. Highly recommended!

ehbooklover Apr 30, 2018

An emotionally searing read about a fractured family who find a way to come together to face a devastating disease. I have always loved Genova's books and this is one of her best yet. The characters are definitely flawed yet they are also believable and sympathetic. Have some tissues handy!

Apr 26, 2018

Lisa Genova writes about medical conditions (in this case ALS) in a way that you gain a deeper understanding of the disease. However, her talent lies in that despite the medical terminology and detailed descriptions, you never lose sight of the human story - the individual and family at the centre of the illness.

Moving and thought-provoking.

Library_geek Apr 22, 2018

Devastatingly beautiful and honest, Genova has again stripped us bare with her ability to write about the difficult topics that can only be perfected by few. Her words are confronting but delivered in a way that encapsulates you into the reality of ALS and its effect on the sufferer, their families, care workers and others around them. Highly recommend read.

Apr 21, 2018

I read this book in 3 days. I felt so sorry, for the main character, and had the same feelings as the ex, as I read. I really had empathy for her, and the daughter. I love this authors books, you learn so much. Better then reading a text book. Highly recommend it. I give it 5 stars!

Apr 13, 2018

A tragically beautiful story.

Mar 31, 2018

Beautiful story about a horrible disease. I have read all of Lisa Genova's books and have loved them all. I find her books make the characters so real that they haunt me everytime I put the book down that I need to pick it up every chance I can. Every Note played kept me glued to the story, thinking about it when I wasn't able to read and looking for my next opportunity to share in Richard and Karina's story as well as being drawn into every character that was part of this story! If you don't normally read the acknowledgements I encourage you to read the acknowledgments in this one. I savored these pages as much as Richard and Karina's story. I'm not a movie person but this would be a movie I most definitely would make sure I didn't miss. I look forward to more from Lisa Genova!

nwhite1 Mar 21, 2018

I can't wait to read this new book by Lisa Genova - neuroscientist turned bestselling author. This is her fourth novel. Each featuring a different neurological disease. Each as interesting and gut wrenching as the last. If you want to be fully absorbed by a story - you must read one of Lisa's books.

Mar 08, 2018

This is the third novel, written by Lisa Genova, that I have read. She does not disappoint. With Every Note Played, the author of Still Alice and Left Neglected puts the reader inside the body and mind of a concert pianist stricken with ALS. Richard's talent has brought him devoted audiences from all over the world. Until the diagnosis of ALS. He is divorced from Karina due to lack of communication and his cheating with other women. It soon becomes evident that Richard cannot manage his illness while living alone and Karina moves him back to the family home that he left years before. What shines in this novel is the way the author presents this illness in such a sympathetic and detailed way. You will find yourself holding your breath when Richard has difficulty breathing and you will also experience the disease through Karina's eyes. This is not just the account of an illness. It is the story of a man and a woman. Highly recommended.

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Mar 29, 2018

"In. Out.
This is now his song to play. He is not this paralyzed body, these screaming lungs, this primal fear. He will be an instrument of breathing.


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