A virtuoso performance by the bestselling author of Still Alice, Lisa Genova delivers a stunning novel of finding harmony amidst the most tragic of situations.
An accomplished concert pianist, Richard has already suffered many losses in his life: the acrimonious divorce from his ex-wife, Karina; the estrangement of his daughter, Grace; and now, a devastating diagnosis. ALS. The relentlessly progressive paralysis of ALS begins in the cruellest way possible - in his hands. As Richard becomes more and more locked inside his body and can no longer play piano or live on his own, Karina steps in as his reluctant caregiver.
Paralysed in a different way, Karina is trapped within a prison of excuses and blame, stuck in an unfulfilling life as an after-school piano teacher, afraid to pursue the path she abandoned as a young woman. As Richard's muscles, voice and breath fade, the two struggle to reconcile their past before it's too late.
With a strong musical sensibility and the staggering insight of Jojo Moyes' Me Before You, Lisa Genova has delivered a masterful exploration of what it means to find yourself within the most shattering of circumstances.
Lisa Genova is unquestionably the wise counsellor who would get you and yours through the worst. She's a philosopher and her books are quite simply brilliant Author: Judy Finnigan
Every Note Played will grip and gut you. Source: Boston Globe
Unsparing in her depiction of the disease's harrowing effects, neuroscientist Genova also celebrates humanity. Source: People
An expertly written depiction of the toll a ravaging disease takes on both the body and the heart. Source: Marie Claire
Lisa Genova's novels ring true . . . Beautifully written and poignant to the point of heartbreak Source: USA Today
The research that has gone into this book is extraordinary. It moved me to tears and has opened my eyes to the horror of motor neurone disease in a way no ice bucket challenge ever did. Author: Marika Cooke Source: Sun Published On: 2018-05-04
An emotional, touching and provocative novel [...] Lisa Genova writes with incredible sensitivity... This isn't a fairytale, I knew there wasn't going to be a happy ending, yet I was surprised at the amount of love and hope between the pages. EVERY NOTE PLAYED is powerful, stark, and strangely beautiful, I truly loved it. Source: Love Reading
A tear-jerker of a novel from the bestselling author of Still Alice Source: Closer
an eloquent and touching imagining of how a peaceful terminal place might be reached Source: Kirkus Review
Genova captivates... [Every Note Played] is both substantively informative about ALS and an emotionally wrenching psychological portrait. Source: Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Lisa Genova is the New York Times bestselling author of Inside the O'Briens, Love Anthony, Left Neglected and Still Alice. Her first novel, Still Alice, was adapted into an acclaimed Academy-Award winning film starring Julianne Moore. Lisa holds a PhD in neuroscience from Harvard University and travels worldwide speaking about Alzheimer's disease, traumatic brain injury and autism. She lives with her family in Massachusetts.