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 has done it again! In Still Alice, she wrote movingly about a professor who in mid-life develops Alzheimer's disease and we experience the progression of that memory-stealing disease through her eyes.
In this her latest book, the disease Genova takes on is ALS, ironically in the news again this week with the death of physicist Steven Hawking. In her story, the man who learns he has ALS is a classic pianist by the name of Richard Evans and the first blow he suffers is the loss of the u ...more
ALS. Another disease that robs people of who they are and leaves them in a carcass of who they once were.
Richard, an established and famous pianist, develops ALS and loses his ability to play and so much more. His ex-wife, Karina, in a unselfish act to reconcile their differences as he nears death, offers to assist him with what's left of living.
Genova is a masterful educator. Not only skilled in the neurological expertise she possesses but shares it in a story telling fashion that takes the co ...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
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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
Lisa Genova has done it again – this is an absolutely brilliant book about ALS and the effects on the entire family. Genova has a gift for putting her readers right there with her characters. She does a great service in fostering knowledge and empathy for all those affected by the diseases she writes about. I buddy read this with my GR friend Victoria and it inspired some truly fantastic discussions. Thanks Victoria!
Richard is a world-class pianist who is “loved by everyone and by no one”. His ...more
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
4.5 sad sad stars
Perhaps you have heard of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Lou Gehrig's disease commonly referred to as ALS. To receive a diagnosis of this disease is a death sentence coming in the form of the destruction of your neurons that control all your voluntary muscles. These nerve cells affected are located in you spinal cord and your brain ultimately leaving one trapped in a body that doesn't work, doesn't move, doesn't function, while your mind stays fully functioning. The cause for mo ...more
Knowing all about ALS it was very emotional and read/listen this book. Do understand her emotions, stress care givers go through. Was sad and tears most of the time, but the message he left made me smile.