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Dr. Lisa Genova’s new book, EVERY NOTE PLAYED


Mar 20, 2018

Just as Lisa’s first book Still Alice brought the reality of Alzheimer’s to life, EVERY NOTE PLAYED (Scout Press; March 20, 2018; Hardcover) gives the reader a vivid and authentic depiction of ALS. As Lisa has so skillfully shown in her previous books Inside the O’Briens, Love Anthony and Left Neglected, she blends her neuroscience background with her literary skills to create a powerful story not simply about a neurological condition, but also about the human condition. Through the lens of ALS, EVERY NOTE PLAYED explores regret, forgiveness, letting go, and redemption.

As an accomplished concert pianist, every finger of Richard’s hands was a finely calibrated instrument, dancing across the keys and striking every note with exacting precision. That was eight months ago. Richard now has ALS, and his entire right arm is paralyzed. He knows his left arm will go next.

Richard’s ex-wife Karina is trapped within a prison of excuses and fear, stuck in an unfulfilling life as an after-school piano teacher, 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 Richard’s muscles, voice, and breath fade, the two struggle to reconcile their past before it’s too late.

With the same striking insight as her previous titles, EVERY NOTE PLAYED is beautifully informed by a rich understanding of classical music. Some books make you stop and think—what choices would you make if life changed in an instant? Heartbreaking and profound, EVERY NOTE PLAYED is achingly hard to read at moments, moving and complex. Lisa Genova once again delivers a novel that will linger and affect readers just as Still Alice did.

March 2018 LibraryReads Pick!

"At turns beautiful and brutal, Lisa Genova crafts a realistic and heartrending portrayal of a couple’s failed marriage in the midst of the husband’s battle with ALS. The emotions and intimacy conveyed are difficult to read, but impossible to ignore."

“An expertly written depiction of the toll a ravaging disease takes on both the body and the heart.”
—Marie Claire

“Genova's latest is one of her strongest—more internalized… an eloquent and touching imagining of how a peaceful terminal place might be reached.”
—Kirkus Reviews

"Genova captivates... [Every Note Played] is both substantively informative about ALS and an emotionally wrenching psychological portrait."
—Publishers Weekly

“Genova expertly details the devastation ALS wreaks on Richard, and though her latest is a sometimes difficult read, she finds hope in the opportunities Richard has to repair his relationships with his daughter and brothers before it’s too late.”

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