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"Every Note Played"
An Evening with Author Lisa Genova
If you've ever had the pleasure of reading one of Lisa Genova's bestselling novels, then you know what to expect in her new book: bold, unflinching honesty; emotional, intimate writing; and relatable characters with whom you will empathize.
Just as Lisa's first book Still Alice brought the reality of Alzheimer's to life, Every Note Played gives the reader a vivid and authentic depiction of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). As Lisa has so skillfully shown in her previous New York Times bestselling novels, 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.
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 afterschool 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.
Lisa Genova graduated valedictorian, summa cum laude from Bates College with a degree in Biopsychology and has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard University. Acclaimed as the Oliver Sacks of fiction and the Michael Crichton of brain science, Lisa has captured a special place in contemporary fiction, writing stories that are equally inspired by neuroscience and the human spirit.
Buy your ticket/book bundle in advance and save! Ticket/book bundle sales will close on Monday, March 26. Books will also be available for sale at the event for $26 plus tax. Book sales provided by Books Inc. Palo Alto.
Wednesday, April 4
Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
$28 Ticket and book bundle
$18 General Public (ticket only) | $15 Members and J-Pass holders (ticket only) | $10 Students (ticket only)
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