The Weight of a Piano (Large Print / Library Binding)

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An upright Bluthner piano is the only surviving relic 26-yr-old Clara has from her childhood home, which was destroyed by fire, killing both of her parents. Katya, a young Russian pianist, reluctantly emigrates to the United States in the 1960s with her disillusioned husband and loses her beloved Bluthner in the move. While Clara has never learned to play, she doggedly moves her piano from place to place and relationship to relationship. When her hand is crushed during the latest move, she impulsively puts the piano up for sale online where it’s immediately snatched up by an eager young photographer who has his own fierce attachment to the Bluthner. As Katya and Clara's stories intertwine, one can feel not only the physical weight of the piano but the crushing weight of sorrow and disappointment both women feel as they each come to terms with their loss.

— Carol

February 2019 Indie Next List

“A hulking black piano of Russian origin links the stories of two women: Katya, who must leave behind her beloved instrument when she immigrates to the U.S., and Clara, who is forced to sell her family heirloom when she loses her boyfriend and her home. The obsessive love each woman holds for the piano unfolds as the instrument journeys across continents. Chris Cander has crafted a novel of compelling beauty and characters who are complex, deeply flawed, and magnificently haunting. This will be a five-star beginning to any avid reader’s 2019 book list.”
— Pamela Klinger-Horn, Excelsior Bay Books, Excelsior, MN

Winter 2019 Reading Group Indie Next List

“A young girl is gifted a unique piano by a blind virtuoso. Half a century later, that same piano belongs to a troubled young woman who is trying to make sense of her life and understand the piano’s place in it. She is drawn into a quest that takes her to Death Valley and to a quirky photographer who may have the answers she seeks. This beautifully written, witty adventure, featuring a cast of marvelous characters from the past and the present, is highly recommended.”
— Bob Sommer, Changing Hands, Tempe, AZ


In 1962, in the Soviet Union, eight-year-old Katya is bequeathed what will become the love of her life: a Bl thner piano, built at the turn of the century in Germany, on which she discovers everything that she herself can do with music and what music, in turn, does for her. Yet after marrying, she immigrates with her young family from Russia to America, at her husband's frantic insistence, and her piano is lost in the shuffle.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781643582627
ISBN-10: 1643582623
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Center Point
Publication Date: August 1st, 2019
Pages: 500
Language: English