Every Note Played

Every Note Played

Book - 2018
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A once accomplished concert pianist, Richard now has ALS. As he 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, both he and Karina try to reconcile their past before it's too late. This is a masterful exploration of redemption and what it means to find peace inside of forgiveness.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Simon & Schuster, 2018.
ISBN: 9781476717807
147671780X
Characteristics: 307 pages 22 cm

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becker
Jun 07, 2019

This is Lisa Genova doing what she does best. Creating very real people and relatable families that are dealing with a neurological disease. She is a master at this and you can be sure you will learn a lot from her books, while having all your heart strings pulled. This latest title left me with a very heavy heart but you have to know going into it that it will not be an uplifting read.

LPL_LeahN Apr 27, 2019

A renowned concert pianist is diagnosed with ALS. Aside from his struggles with his diagnosis and rapidly declining condition, he must turn to his estranged ex-wife for help at what they both know is the end of his life. What unfolds is an unforgettable lesson in forgiveness and redemption.

I feel like this book could be a tough sell due to the heavy subject matter. But Lisa Genova has impeccable pacing and a beautiful voice, making this read hard to put down. She is not only a multi time bestselling author, but also the holder of a PhD in neuroscience from Harvard. She writes of ALS with firsthand knowledge and so much compassion for those who suffer with this horrible disease.

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kwhit14
Feb 19, 2019

A haunting portrayal how ALS's progression. Fantastically well-rounded characters too!

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MillieBT
Feb 17, 2019

The author delves into the horrid debilitation caused by ALS...even with their faults Richard and Karina were sympathetic characters...this heartbreaking beautiful novel captivated me from beginning to end....highly recommend

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iowacity
Feb 06, 2019

I found this very interesting to read and you got into the characters.

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CHRISTI_14
Jan 21, 2019

An amazing book beautifully written.

mazinwhistler Jan 07, 2019

Another beautifully written book by Genova. Her writing is impeccable and her ability to draw you into the characters is second to none. Like her other books, the story is sad yet moving. Definitely a must read!

ics18 Dec 29, 2018

I may have never discovered this book had it not been on the Goodreads nominee list for Best of 2018. I did not expect the book to move me in such a powerful way. At first I thought it might just be too much of a downer and as I went on some of the scenes were so horrifying to consider. The author did a ton of research for this novel and it shows.

I admit to having my eyes well up in numerous parts not from sadness but from empathy and understanding. It makes you consider your relationships with your parents, spouse, children and siblings. Not a light read in any sense, so be warned.

Very impactful and I’m so glad to have read it.

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WoodneathAngie
Sep 04, 2018

This heartbreaking account of a classical musician's diagnosis and decline from ALS made for a fascinating book group discussion. Richard's priority has always been music, leaving little time for relationships, leaving him alone with the emotional and physical devastation of his disease, until his ex-wife Karina takes him in to care for him. Richard's gradual losses, especially that of music, are harrowingly portrayed. Karina's sacrifices, both in marriage and in caregiving, are given equal attention. Richard's illness gives the couple opportunity to reflect on their complicated marriage and opens the door to healing.

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MHanover10
Aug 19, 2018

My friend Kristin recently asked me if I only read books that make me cry. Apparently I do, but most of all I read books that make me feel. Lisa Genova knows how to open the eyes of her readers. In Every Not Played she brings the reader into the mind of an ALS sufferer so that we can see what it's like to be locked in a body that no longer works but the mind is very sharp. She also brings us into the lives of the people the disease affects. We learn what it's like to take care of someone with ALS. How it can take a toll on those who love the person. I always knew ALS was horrible but this book made me realize just how devastating it can be. A couple things this book made me realize: 1. I'm glad I had breast cancer instead of ALS, 2. There needs to be more funding to find a cure to stop this disease or reverse the effects before they get too far and 3. To be locked in a body that doesn't allow you to communicate except for a blink of your eyes is heartbreaking.

This book left me with such a heavy heart and a lot to think about.

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Pigmama6
Mar 29, 2018

"In. Out.
This is now his song to play. He is not this paralyzed body, these screaming lungs, this primal fear. He will be an instrument of breathing.
Breathe."

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