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