The Weight of a Piano

The Weight of a Piano

Chris Cander / Aug 21, 2019

The Weight of a Piano For fans of Ann Patchett s Bel Canto Amanda Coplin s The Orchardist and Annie Proulx s Accordion Crimes A tour de force about two women and the piano that inexorably ties their lives together thr

  • Title: The Weight of a Piano
  • Author: Chris Cander
  • ISBN: 0525654674
  • Page: 326
  • Format: Hardcover
  • For fans of Ann Patchett s Bel Canto, Amanda Coplin s The Orchardist, and Annie Proulx s Accordion Crimes A tour de force about two women and the piano that inexorably ties their lives together through time and across continents, for better and for worse.In 1962, in the Soviet Union, eight year old Katya is bequeathed what will become the love of her life a Bl thner pian

    For fans of Ann Patchett s Bel Canto, Amanda Coplin s The Orchardist, and Annie Proulx s Accordion Crimes A tour de force about two women and the piano that inexorably ties their lives together through time and across continents, for better and for worse.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 emigrates with her young family from Russia to America, at her husband s frantic insistence, and her piano is lost in the shuffle.In 2012, in Bakersfield, California, twenty six year old Clara Lundy loses another boyfriend and again has to find a new apartment, which is complicated by the gift her father had given her for her twelfth birthday, shortly before he and her mother died in a fire that burned their house down a Bl thner upright she has never learned to play Ophaned, she was raised by her aunt and uncle, who in his car repair shop trained her to become a first rate mechanic, much to the surprise of her subsequent customers But this work, her true mainstay in a scattered life, is put on hold when her hand gets broken while the piano s being moved and in sudden frustration she chooses to sell it And what becomes crucial is who the most interested party turns out to be.

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relationship to relationship until she meets a photographer with his own baggage associated with the instrument And what of the music or its absence There is a great deal of history associated with this piano and we travel from the Soviet Union to Bakersfield, California as the story unfolds For a romance, this is surprisingly well written and I learned a bit about auto mechanics, photography and how pianos are constructed, maintained and tuned flag 65 likesLike see review View all 27 comments Dec 11, 2018 Marjorie rated it really liked it In 1962, 8 year old Russian Katya receives a piano, which is bequeathed to her by her elderly neighbor, who recognizes the music in Katya The piano is a German Bluthner Katya becomes a gifted pianist and she brings the best out of the piano But her piano is lost to her when her husband decides to leave Russia with high hopes of starting a new life in America with Katya and their son In 2012, Clara is torn about whether she should sell her Bluthner piano, which was given to her by her beloved In 1962, 8 year old Russian Katya receives a piano, which is bequeathed to her by her elderly neighbor, who recognizes the music in Katya The piano is a German Bluthner Katya becomes a gifted pianist and she brings the best out of the piano But her piano is lost to her when her husband decides to leave Russia with high hopes of starting a new life in America with Katya and their son In 2012, Clara is torn about whether she should sell her Bluthner piano, which was given to her by her beloved father as an early 12th birthday present She never learned to play it and has had to have it moved every time one of her relationships ends But the piano is special to her since her father gave it to her shortly before he and her mother died in a fire When she impulsively decides the piano must go, the buyer brings a connection with the piano that completely takes Clara off guard and brings her on a unique road trip through Death Valley.I loved how this book begins with the building of this particular piano The details in this chapter are fascinating, from the slow choosing of the right tree to the long drying out of the wood to the final building of the exquisite piano in a factory in Leipzig It made the piano come alive in my mind and immediately built a connection with it In alternating chapters, the author introduces the two women who have such a love for this piano Katya and Clara and carefully weaves their stories together Their stories are beautifully told, with a slow and careful intent towards the brilliant ending Recommended This book was given to me by the publisher in return for an honest review flag 10 likesLike see review Aug 09, 2018 Shana rated it it was amazing I have a total book hangover The story is poignant, but importantly to me is how the people are so real This author clearly understands human emotion on another level, and pulls the reader right into each character s world so completely that you truly forget they are words on a page and not flesh and blood The research that must have gone into this novel in order to include the level of detail it does, is staggering.The PASSIONS are palpable I laughed, I cried, and I even exclaimed Oh I have a total book hangover The story is poignant, but importantly to me is how the people are so real This author clearly understands human emotion on another level, and pulls the reader right into each character s world so completely that you truly forget they are words on a page and not flesh and blood The research that must have gone into this novel in order to include the level of detail it does, is staggering.The PASSIONS are palpable I laughed, I cried, and I even exclaimed Oh, shit out loud while reading.The author takes you on a journey with each character, and gives you their stories without insulting the reader s intelligence by handholding along the way.For those like me who need a comparison novel I would say my last relationship to characters this strong was when I read All the Light You Cannot See The novel overall also had a perfect blend of past and present that reminded me of when I read History of Love A Novel Without the WWII which personally I need a break from every once and a while.This book was full of real relationship with raw emotions of need, anger, desire, pain, loss and control Stories and sentiments that any reader will be able to relate to, and will come away wishing they had intensity in their own lives I did not want it to end, and will definitely be reading this book again flag 8 likesLike see review Feb 01, 2019 Cindy Burnett rated it it was amazing Chris Cander s new book, The Weight of a Piano is simply stunning Her story follows the life of a Bluthner piano as it travels from owner to owner In addition to the piano, there are two women who play central roles in the tale In 1962 when she is 8 years old, Katya is gifted the piano by a neighbor in her apartment building in Russia She eventually emigrates from Russia to the United States losing her piano in the process In 2012, Clara, who was gifted the piano by her father, decides to s Chris Cander s new book, The Weight of a Piano is simply stunning Her story follows the life of a Bluthner piano as it travels from owner to owner In addition to the piano, there are two women who play central roles in the tale In 1962 when she is 8 years old, Katya is gifted the piano by a neighbor in her apartment building in Russia She eventually emigrates from Russia to the United States losing her piano in the process In 2012, Clara, who was gifted the piano by her father, decides to sell it to help make ends meet As the book progresses, their stories unfold and begin to intertwine Cander s prose is lyrical and beautiful, and her tale unfolds at just the right pace As I was close to finishing the book, I began to worry that the ending was going to frustrate me, but instead the book ends perfectly I highly recommend this one flag 9 likesLike see review Jan 20, 2019 Janelle She Reads with Cats rated it it was amazing Shelves contemporary literary fiction, from publisher, historical fiction, 2019, to be reviewed Thank you so very much Knopf for my free copy of THE WEIGHT OF A PIANO This is an emotional, poignant novel with elegant prose that will pull you in so much you won t want to let go.In 1962, eight year old Katya Dmitrievna receives a piano from her neighbor who sees something special in her It s a beautiful Bl thner piano and Katya grows up to become a gifted pianist Years later, she s married with a son and her husband decides it s time to leave Russia to start a new life in America, but her Thank you so very much Knopf for my free copy of THE WEIGHT OF A PIANO This is an emotional, poignant novel with elegant prose that will pull you in so much you won t want to let go.In 1962, eight year old Katya Dmitrievna receives a piano from her neighbor who sees something special in her It s a beautiful Bl thner piano and Katya grows up to become a gifted pianist Years later, she s married with a son and her husband decides it s time to leave Russia to start a new life in America, but her piano is lost.In 2012, Clara Lundy has been moving her piano with her for years, ever since her father gave it to her for her twelfth birthday just before her parents died in a fire After her last relationship ended, she impulsively decides to sell her piano Even though it s special to her, she s never learned to play it Come to find out, the buyer has an unexpected attachment to the piano that catches Clara off guard.We follow three storylines that run parallel of each other the piano maker Julius Bl thner , Katya, and Clara Cander s writing is exquisite and her characters are so real you can reach out and touch them The details of the piano, how it s created, and the central role it plays are magical The piano carries a heavy weight on each of their lives, from Bl thner, to Katya in Russia, to Clara in California, and it made quite the impression on me as well Cander weaves the stories together perfectly, but be prepared to feel every emotion when reading this book THE WEIGHT OF A PIANO is a brilliantly unique exploration of loss, along with the power of beautiful music flag 9 likesLike see review Christine Janelle, a marvelous review This looks like a great read Jan 30, 2019 05 01PM Nov 23, 2018 Jonathan rated it really liked it I couldn t decide whether to give this book a 3 3.5 or a 4 and After debating I decided on a 4 because it genuinely was a good novel It had some predictable moments however, the alternating stories of the past and present kept me interested not really lagging anywhere throughout Of all the twists there was only really one that I didn t see coming and I enjoyed that This books synopsis is already written out so I will just say that it was a heartfelt book about wrestling with either holdin I couldn t decide whether to give this book a 3 3.5 or a 4 and After debating I decided on a 4 because it genuinely was a good novel It had some predictable moments however, the alternating stories of the past and present kept me interested not really lagging anywhere throughout Of all the twists there was only really one that I didn t see coming and I enjoyed that This books synopsis is already written out so I will just say that it was a heartfelt book about wrestling with either holding on too tight to the past or trying so hard to let it go and actually being scared of both The Piano in this book linked two families, and the two main characters, but it can be used as a metaphor for any object in anyone s life that keeps them clinging to the past, and all you can do is choose whether it s something you wish to keep doing or finally just let it all go, and stop bearing the weight of a piano flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 11, 2019 Claude Bouchard rated it it was ok OMG, can this book be any irritating Every major character in this book is either depressed, behaves badly, or keeps making bad decisions It s essentially the story of a young Russian girl named Katya to whom is bequeathed a beautiful and expensive Bl thner piano, which eventually falls into the hands of an American girl named Carla, and how their stories intersect Katya s story in interesting, and I wanted to read about her Carla s story, whose chapters alternated with Katya s, wa OMG, can this book be any irritating Every major character in this book is either depressed, behaves badly, or keeps making bad decisions It s essentially the story of a young Russian girl named Katya to whom is bequeathed a beautiful and expensive Bl thner piano, which eventually falls into the hands of an American girl named Carla, and how their stories intersect Katya s story in interesting, and I wanted to read about her Carla s story, whose chapters alternated with Katya s, was much less interesting by comparison, and I couldn t wait for those chapters to be over I m not sure how anybody could refer to this as a tour de force This type of story is not newit s been done before please refer to the 1998 movie The Red Violin Add to the mix a couple of needless sex scenes that truly added nothing to the story I m far from being a prude, but sex scenes for the sake of sex scenes don t mean much They weren t obscenely graphic, thankfully, just not really relevant to the story or that damn piano Also, Katya often spoke in Russian and the author sometimes wrote out her words in Cyrillic with no translation, including sentences during a couple of important moments As a non Russian speaker this really detracted from the story and made me feel like I was missing an important point And why write out AN ENTIRE LETTER in Cyrillic What s the point There was a translation for that one, fortunately, but it was unnecessary.So, is there anything positive about the book Yeah, there is the story wasn t completely horrible, and it was a quick read flag 5 likesLike see review Joelle Baugher I was irritated and annoyed also Enjoyed Katya s chapters too much than Carla Carla was annoying Thanks for the review We seem to be in the m I was irritated and annoyed also Enjoyed Katya s chapters too much than Carla Carla was annoying Thanks for the review We seem to be in the minority on this book Jan 22, 2019 06 23PM Kathryn I loved The Red Violin I find that gratuitous sex is unnecessary and common in too many stories Jan 31, 2019 01 44PM Nov 26, 2018 Tory rated it liked it Shelves 2018 The start was GORGEOUS The piano maker roaming the Romanian forests to find a perfect tree the craftsmen carefully creating each instrument by hand But then for as sweeping a story as it was, the language was seriously lacking, imho I wanted perfectly wrought, elegant sentences that made me sit up and take notice and I didn t get them Somewhat predictable storyline and Greg got really creepy, really fast flag 5 likesLike see review View 1 comment Aug 18, 2018 Stephanie Crowe rated it it was amazing The Weight Of a Piano by Chris CanderI knew that Cander was writing this book and it s title always intrigued me Now it s finished and what a book it is The piano has always been a part of my life so it is appealing to me that the Bluthner piano is the main character of this story It s presence becomes significant to every person who owned it Cander weaves a mesmerizing tale of the human connections beginning with Julius Bluthner who created the piano in Germany, to Katya in Russia and fina The Weight Of a Piano by Chris CanderI knew that Cander was writing this book and it s title always intrigued me Now it s finished and what a book it is The piano has always been a part of my life so it is appealing to me that the Bluthner piano is the main character of this story It s presence becomes significant to every person who owned it Cander weaves a mesmerizing tale of the human connections beginning with Julius Bluthner who created the piano in Germany, to Katya in Russia and finally to Clara in California The piano truly did weigh on the lives of these characters and it was a thrill to see this unfold Once I began I couldn t put this book down and finished it one sitting A must read flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 20, 2019 Jen Coombes rated it liked it Shelves written reviews This book was provided to me for free from Net Galley in exchange for a fair review.Chris Cander starts out this book with a mind blowingly good first chapter The problem with introducing a book with such a beautifully written first chapter is that you lead the readers to believe that every chapter after that is going to be of that same tone and quality Unfortunately the remainder of the book just did not take me there again.With that said, this book had its moments and was technically written This book was provided to me for free from Net Galley in exchange for a fair review.Chris Cander starts out this book with a mind blowingly good first chapter The problem with introducing a book with such a beautifully written first chapter is that you lead the readers to believe that every chapter after that is going to be of that same tone and quality Unfortunately the remainder of the book just did not take me there again.With that said, this book had its moments and was technically written well with two stories playing out side by side The first story is that of a young pianist in Russia who falls into a relationship with an abusive husband This part of the story is particularly tragic It is also problematic When we first meet Katya she is an independent woman who is making her way and knows what she wants This somehow dissipates as she becomes involved with the man who becomes her husband Though this happens in real life all the time, it was hard to buy into her total acceptance of her plight when she had a strong family to support her, good friends and had up to this point been pretty self sufficient Her fall into a life of depression and solitude with only her music to bring her solace could have been better if we had experienced some of her internal conflicts By the time her husband does the unthinkable and separates her from her only friend, her piano, readers are clearly left wondering what the benefits are to staying with such a person and what has happened to Katya s common sense The motivations in this story needed attention.The other story that is interwoven throughout is Clara s, the owner of a piano given to her by her father before his death Her story is fairly typical What is not typical is her connection throughout the story to Katya s experience Though the inner workings of Clara s psychological problems and issues feel telegraphed and transparent, the descriptive details of her trip to follow her piano on a journey through Death Valley is beautifully written and leaves you wishing for deeper connections within the story.The ending to this book was also problematic for a variety of reasons A personified reflection from the piano s point of view was out of place and odd since the object this story is based on is not personified prior to this chapter The amount of time it takes for Clara to come to the story s final conclusion is frustrating as the reader can already guess where things are going.So, while the story is an interesting one and the writing is at times quite beautifully, the structures and revelations of Cander s story about how a piano touches several lives and thus becomes a living container of history and emotions is a bit predictable The story needed deeper connections to the humans of the story I wanted to know about the characters that were mere reflections in the story and just did not get it Clara s point of view was the dominant story story and sadly also the least interesting flag 2 likesLike see review Aug 22, 2018 Maxine rated it it was amazing I read an advance copy of this novel and absolutely love it Highly recommend flag 2 likesLike see review Aug 09, 2018 Joshua rated it it was amazing Fast paced and a joy to read Interesting storyline with rich details and fascinating characters Loved it flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 06, 2019 Esme rated it really liked it I received The Weight of a Piano through NetGalley in exchange for a review Thanks to Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group for allowing me a copy Two women over nearly 50 years are united by their attachment to an extraordinary piano and a secret that causes a domino effect of tragedy Katya is growing up in the Soviet Union during the 1960s when a neighbour gifts her with a Bluthner piano Clara has just ended another hopeless relationship in 2012 and is moving the same piano from her ex boyfriend I received The Weight of a Piano through NetGalley in exchange for a review Thanks to Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group for allowing me a copy Two women over nearly 50 years are united by their attachment to an extraordinary piano and a secret that causes a domino effect of tragedy Katya is growing up in the Soviet Union during the 1960s when a neighbour gifts her with a Bluthner piano Clara has just ended another hopeless relationship in 2012 and is moving the same piano from her ex boyfriend s house to a new flat The story of how the instrument went from one woman s hands to the next unfolds when Clara allows the piano to be used by an enigmatic photographer for a special project, in a history as mournful and heart wrenching as the music it played in its previous life.Why should this piano be special Each one was special, with its own soul and distinct personality This one was substantial but unassuming, mysterious but sincere.Gosh This book is sad It s also beautifully poignant and written with gorgeous prose The piano may be the centre of the story, but the characters are Cander s masterpiece each one is melancholy and self destructive, a portrait of how one decision can cause a ripple effect over several lives.The two standouts are the leading ladies, Katya and Clara, very different people, but both clinging onto the piano as a reminder of their former lives For Katya, she relies on it for happiness she can t find in her marriage and new experiences in America having fled the Soviet Union under her husband s demand She is desperately lonely, diagnosed with depression, but a masterful pianist who is never alive than when she is sat at the keys.She lifted her hands gently and paused before setting upon the keys with a strikingly fast and tempestuous piece that sent her hands flying up and down until it seemed she could strike sparks on them.Clara, meanwhile, received the piano as a birthday gift soon before her parents died in a fire that also took all her belongings and home the piano is literally the only thing she has left of her childhood, and although it wasn t necessarily a happy or caring one, her perspective has warped to consider it vital as a physical memory that she refuses to part with despite the perils of moving it from home to home and the fact she is unable to play.Like Katya, it at first seems that she doesn t fit in with her surroundings she is the only female mechanic at a family run garage, she doesn t want to marry her comfortable live in boyfriend and she grew up under the care of her aunt and uncle who had no children of their own and limited parenting skills However, it becomes clear throughout the novel that unlike Katya who cannot escape her situation, Clara has actually set up a life that she could be content in and the only thing standing in the way of her happiness is herself She is the one falling in and out of unhealthy relationships, while denying herself her true affection for her co worker Peter she is the one desperately clinging onto the piano that is no use to her despite the fact that letting go might help her exhume the trauma of losing her parents.You can read the rest of my review on my blog here flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 19, 2019 Jaclyn sixminutesforme rated it it was amazing I want to say that there s a reason this piano exists in the world This specific piano That there s something important about it, to the people who made it, to the people who played it and lost it and found it and lost it again, thinking it was gone forever This Bl thner made music out of nothing, it thawed frozen imaginations, and then it burned down and showed up again with its old scratches and a new owner This piano has been playing in my mind my whole life The Weight of a Piano I want to say that there s a reason this piano exists in the world This specific piano That there s something important about it, to the people who made it, to the people who played it and lost it and found it and lost it again, thinking it was gone forever This Bl thner made music out of nothing, it thawed frozen imaginations, and then it burned down and showed up again with its old scratches and a new owner This piano has been playing in my mind my whole life The Weight of a Piano by Chris Cander There s something enchanting to me about books centered around music This story follows the narratives of two women across a contemporary and historic timeline Katya in 1960s Soviet Union is gifted a piano as a child that quite literally becomes the great love of her life, though becomes estranged from it in her move to America as an adult In a contemporary setting we then follow Clara, a female mechanic on the cusp of a breakup who is faced with the exhausting task of moving with her beloved piano in tow After injuring herself trying to move it, she decides to list her piano for sale, a decision which then consumes the direction of the narrativeWhat stood out for me, and moved me so much, was how the Bl thner itself became a character in this narrative It spoke to the emotional connections we build in our lives with music and to the physicality of possessions that anchor us to memories I loved the way that the narrative unfurled and the pace with which Cander brought the two timelines together This was just superb and for the last 130 pages I could not tear myself away from these characters This was an incredibly moving and beautifully written story, and I now want to read everything that Cander has writtenThanks to aaknopf for providing a review copy I ve already purchased a final copy flag 5 likesLike see review Dec 11, 2018 Mary Lins rated it liked it Shelves complete The Weight of a Piano , by Chris Cander, alternates points of view between Russian immigrant Katya, and twenty six year old car mechanic, Clara But the main protagonist is really a German crafted Bluthner upright piano it s a real thing Initially I was drawn to the author because she is a fellow Houstonian although the story is set in California and Death Valley , but I was also drawn in by the story Clara s decision to sell the piano introduces Greg Zeldin and sets up the mys The Weight of a Piano , by Chris Cander, alternates points of view between Russian immigrant Katya, and twenty six year old car mechanic, Clara But the main protagonist is really a German crafted Bluthner upright piano it s a real thing Initially I was drawn to the author because she is a fellow Houstonian although the story is set in California and Death Valley , but I was also drawn in by the story Clara s decision to sell the piano introduces Greg Zeldin and sets up the mystery of where the piano has been over the years Anyone who has ever read a novel will immediately know who Greg is, but that s okay because that s not the mystery here the piano is flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 25, 2019 Beth rated it really liked it Beginning so very good Wonderful writing Great story Some parts so good, really reached inside this piano player And then some parts really lost me, like I was reading a sixth grader s paper One reviewer described some parts as sluggish I don t mind sluggish, that is not my complaint Read it for the beginning and end flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 31, 2018 Michelle rated it really liked it This is a beautifully written story which explores many aspects of relationships I thought it was very clever to use a piano to signify the different weights we all carry around flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 17, 2018 Bonnye Reed rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves aread 2019, historical europe, kindle or pdf, womens fiction and nonfiction, wwii fiction and nonfiction GNab Chris Cander brings us a multifaceted work of art in Weight of a Piano We follow the lives affected by both their love of music and the ownership of this upright 500 plus pound Bluthner piano The soundboard is built of timber harvested in Romanian forests in the late 19th century, cured properly over many years to provide the perfect depth and purity of tone, and installed into this quality upright piano manufactured in Germany in the first decade of the twentieth century The blind Germa GNab Chris Cander brings us a multifaceted work of art in Weight of a Piano We follow the lives affected by both their love of music and the ownership of this upright 500 plus pound Bluthner piano The soundboard is built of timber harvested in Romanian forests in the late 19th century, cured properly over many years to provide the perfect depth and purity of tone, and installed into this quality upright piano manufactured in Germany in the first decade of the twentieth century The blind German brought it with him, this Bluthner piano, when he fled his service in the Waffen SS to Zagorsk, Russia before his half Jewish ethnicity could be uncovered during Hitler s cleansing of his military in 1941 He brought with him this piano pure of tone and depth but easily detuned by the anger carried in the the blind man s fingers He played often and loud in the apartment block, classical music, derges and wild, pounding discord, for the most part at night Many of the other apartment residents found this disquieting and offensive It is ALWAYS night to me was his defense Ekaterine Katya Dmitrievna, 6 or 7 years old and apartmented down the hall from the German, cannot remember a time when his music didn t sway her into rest, and often she would slip into his apartment behind her piano tuning father to hear him play At her request, he would often play for her the Russian piece Piano Sonata no 2 in G sharp Minor by Alexander Scriabin, first movement Katya alone loved the German After his death she found she could only fall asleep under the piano And before he ended his life with his German military issued Mauser HSc, he gifted his piano to Katya because, he said, even a blind man could see the music beating in her heart The piano took many years to follow Katya via her professional dancer friend Boris as she, her husband, Mikhail Zeldin and son Grigoriy immigrated from a starving Russia to Italy and then to California, but they did connect there, she and the Bluthner, and she felt a lightening of her heart, found herself able to pull out of the years long depression leaving her homeland and family and the abuse of her husband laid on her soul All that had kept her going was her son and his need for her, but the belated arrival of the piano helped For a time Clara Lundy received the piano from her father for her 12th birthday, only a couple of days before her mother and father, both professors at UCLA, died in a house fire Because she was spending the night with a friend and the piano was having work done on the damaged lid, they alone survived the loss of the whole of the Lundy s Santa Monica world Clara had nothing left no photos, no home, her only remaining family her father s older sister Ila and her husband Jack, who took her into their home in Bakersfield, California Carla grew up working in her Uncle s garage, becoming an adept mechanic but despite years of lessons, only a lover of music rather than a master player But the glossy black upright was her touchstone to the past, the family she had lost, so was the heart of her world as her aunt and uncle also passed away and her adopted world was sold to pay their medical bills leaving Clara very alone Again Where will the Bluthner take her next Is it a touchstone or a curse Only time will tell.The weight of a Piano is an excellent, very compelling read, and I appreciate being introduced to both the craftsmanship that goes into a fine piano and the work of Chris Cander and Alexander Scriabin This is a novel I am pleased to refer to family and friends.I received a free electronic copy of this work from Netgalley, Chris Cander, and Knopf publishers in exchange for an honest review Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me Date Jan 22, 2019Knopf Publisher flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 08, 2019 Michelle Lancaster rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves books i ve reviewed LITERARY FICTIONChris CanderThe Weight of a Piano A NovelAlfred A KnopfHardcover, 978 0 5256 5467 4 also available as an e book , 336 pgs 26.95January 22, 2019Julius Bl thner, a German piano maker in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, was a legend in his time He would take the train from Leipzig to the mountains of Romania to personally choose the spruce trees which would become, after a process involving many steps and many years, a piano One of the Bl thner factory s ra LITERARY FICTIONChris CanderThe Weight of a Piano A NovelAlfred A KnopfHardcover, 978 0 5256 5467 4 also available as an e book , 336 pgs 26.95January 22, 2019Julius Bl thner, a German piano maker in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, was a legend in his time He would take the train from Leipzig to the mountains of Romania to personally choose the spruce trees which would become, after a process involving many steps and many years, a piano One of the Bl thner factory s rare instruments, which would open up and gather into itself a unique history, is a main character in Chris Cander s latest novel, The Weight of a Piano.The story begins with the birth of the piano and then leaps across time and space, first to Bakersfield, California, in 2012, where auto mechanic Clara Lundy is a twenty six year old orphan, trying not to want anything because life has taught her that if she wants it too badly, she cannot keep it then to Zagorsk, USSR, in 1962, where eight year old Ekaterina Katya Dmitrievna is kept awake at night by a piano playing neighbor, an old German man who d been blinded by either shrapnel or guilt Katya inherits an antique, shining ebony Bl thner upright piano from her neighbor Clara s father, he of the loud silences Hush, they said I m busy or Maybe later or I forgot , gifts her a Bl thner for her twelfth birthday Katya s piano is lost in the complicated immigration to America Clara s piano is a paperweight, keeping what was left of her childhood memories from floating away Having never learned to play, and breaking her hand maneuvering the 564 pound paperweight up a flight of stairs during her latest move, Clara posts the Bl thner for sale Needled by second and third thoughts, Clara tries to remove the sale notice but too late a photographer in New York has bought it.The Weight of a Piano is Chris Cander s third novel A work of literary fiction that spans decades and continents, Cander s latest offering is an original, creative tackling of the essentially solitary human condition the effort required of women to claim full personhood I love you now change and the frightening vulnerability necessary to connect with another, defiant in the face of the transitory nature of all things.The story is told in three third person accounts that of Clara, Katya, and the piano I want to say that there s a reason this piano exists in the world This specific piano That there s something important about it, to the people who made it, to the people who played it and lost and found it and lost it again Cander s women are each quite different from one another While I appreciated the younger Katya, bemused and curious to see what she d do next, I grew impatient with Clara s altogether understandable pre emptive strikes self sufficient and self contained, reliable instead of reliant and skittishness, shying like a wild thing from perceived threats to her jealously guarded independence The two women s paths cross in myriad ways, diverging in apposition as Katya ages, she seems to diminish as Clara ages she becomes bolder, decisive.There are a handful of slips in The Weight of a Piano His eyes glazed with animal desire is unworthy of Cander Granted, sex is hard to write well and it s where the clich s reliably appear not surprising but a touch disappointing And why print an entire letter in Cyrillic Imagery such as this makes up for the slips This amplified tension between Clara s parents so dense and sticky, always came and went, and now it was there again, like a spider web that had been spun in the night The stark extremity of Death Valley serves as inspired metaphor, providing a backdrop supremely indifferent to the human dramas playing out all sorts of things are dying out there.The piano tries to please it has abandonment issues, too Oh, how hard it had tried to produce the right sounds, grateful as it was to finally have been asked to once again The denouement unexpectedly features the Bl thner s point of view compelling and, oddly, affecting than the people It felt as though it were twice its actual size, a burden to itself and others 564 pounds plus the invisible emotional and musical heft The piano is burdened by the hopes, dreams, disappointments, and griefs of its humans That s not music Let me go Cander s The Weight of a Piano showcases her development as a powerful storyteller, reminding me of Accordion Crimes Scribner, 1997 by the great Annie Proulx Steadily, warily, the two halves of this story move toward each other, and what follows is a tale of the paradoxical power of art the duality that transfigures, enslaving some and setting others free.Originally published by Lone Star Literary Life flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 11, 2019 Lolly K Dandeneau rated it really liked it via my blog Now, stop with the crying before your misery becomes contagious The Weight of a Piano is a heavy one in this latest novel by Chris Cander The story begins with Julies Bl thner maker and founder of Bl thner piano and factory in Leipzig Germany walking through the forest high in the Romanian mountains searching for the perfect tree for his creations One such piano will be given to Ekaterina Katya Dmitrievna when she befriends a sad, elderl via my blog Now, stop with the crying before your misery becomes contagious The Weight of a Piano is a heavy one in this latest novel by Chris Cander The story begins with Julies Bl thner maker and founder of Bl thner piano and factory in Leipzig Germany walking through the forest high in the Romanian mountains searching for the perfect tree for his creations One such piano will be given to Ekaterina Katya Dmitrievna when she befriends a sad, elderly German musician The music was proof of his torment He was a monster, a demon, and ogre Katya loved him So too begins her passion for music, and her talent leads her to become herself a musician as she grows up in the Soviet Union The piano becomes as much the love of her life as anyone Then she meets Mikhail Zelden, whose studying civil engineering, very important work , and wonders what would it be like to love him This love will take her to America, where the life she lived before resembles nothing like the one she and Mikhail are forced to make with their child The piano is left behind in Russia, for a while, Mikhail promises, only until he can finagle a way to deliver his wife her beloved instrument which is no easy feat The piano is the one thing that keeps Katya sane, that eases her suffering, the touching of keys an emotional release that s become her lifeblood.It s 2012 and we meet Clara living in California , current owner of the Bl thner, gifted to her by her father when she was only 12, the old thing now collecting dust and unplayed in her guest bedroom until her relationship comes to an end and she must find another place to live She is desperate to sell it, no room for the piano to go, it s become baggage she d be better off unloading, though it remains the only tie to her father, whose tragic death in a mysterious fire along with her cold, distant mother left her orphaned when she was young What does she, a mechanic, need the Bl thner for anyway when she can t even play the thing, as her ex reminded her constantly Where Katya found sanctuary with the piano, for Clara it was in her uncle s garage, sent to live with he and her aunt after her parents deaths, burying her shocking grief by learning about the inner workings of automobiles, if only she better understood her own insides Reluctant to commit to any boyfriend, she finds herself alone again, and worse she impulsively sold the Bl thner to a man named Greg Zeldin, whose already sent people from New York to pick it up Striking a deal to rent it to him, she breaks her hand, making it impossible for her to work, at the worst time possible Soon she finds herself journeying to Death Valley, where the photographer plans to complete a series of photos with the Bl thner as his main subject, her mechanic skills could be of use in the middle of nowhere, a handy excuse Less than enthused about the plan, it may well be just what she needs to get her head on straight, pull her life into some semblance of order again.Tormented by her childhood still at 26, the fights and silences between her parents, her own mother s mysterious bottomless dissatisfaction with their little family of three, Clara slowly opens up to Greg and discovers he too is haunted by his past As his own story begins to take shape, it dawns on the reader why the Bl thner is vital to his work, cathartic even As the two become closer they begin to find clarity and meaning in things that happened in their childhoods Connections are made that can only be formed with an adult mind What they learn of each other may be key to release them from the burden of their pain.The story swims back and forth between Clara s tale and Katya s, from her time in Russia and the early days of her blossoming love and marriage to Mikhail, to the hardships of their lives as immigrants, it s damning affects on their son I enjoyed Katya s story the most, I could have read a book about her and Mikhail and been just as sated The ending was beautifully symbolic and I was surprised and proud of Clara s choice You don t have to be interested in pianos to enjoy this novel, nor be a musician of any sort It is a book about dreams that die beneath the brutal harshness of reality and destiny One moment can change everything, even sour great love It is a tale of family dysfunction, loss, grief, music, homeland and how our childhood can haunt us far into the future Definitely a good read Publication Date January 22, 2019KnopfDoubleday Publishing flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 27, 2018 Sandra rated it it was amazing This book is described as A tour de force about two women and the piano that inexorably ties their lives together through time and across continents, for better and for worse Chris Cander is a new author for me The Weight of a Piano is one of the best books I have ever read I found the story fascinating, compelling, heart breaking at times, and a real page turner My emotions were all over the place as this story took a Russian family to live in the United States The process the family This book is described as A tour de force about two women and the piano that inexorably ties their lives together through time and across continents, for better and for worse Chris Cander is a new author for me The Weight of a Piano is one of the best books I have ever read I found the story fascinating, compelling, heart breaking at times, and a real page turner My emotions were all over the place as this story took a Russian family to live in the United States The process the family experienced leaving Russia and getting to the United States was very difficult and what one family member anticipated never came to pass In 1962, in the Soviet Union, eight year old Katya is bequeathed what will become the love of her life a Bluthner piano built at the turn of the century in Germany She loves music and becomes an accomplished pianist After she marries she reluctantly immigrates with her husband and young son to America It is a difficult move and the piano is lost in the shuffle.In 2012, in Bakersfield, California, twenty six year old Clara Lundy is in the process of finding another apartment Her move is complicated by the gift her father had given her on her twelfth birthday, shortly before Clara s Mother and Father died Fortunately, for Clara, her Bluthner piano was not in the house at the time of the fire The piano was the only thing left that Clara could hold on to that represented her previous life with her parents.After the fire, Clara lived with her aunt and uncle Her uncle had a car repair shop and over time he trained her to be a first rate mechanic, much to the surprise of her customers The story does not end here There is so much flag Like see review Dec 07, 2018 Tati Dengo rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018 favorites, existential, immigrant story, mighty girls I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.The Weight of a Piano is carefully tuned literary fiction It finds the perfect moment to tug at all the right emotions, leaving you in a reverent, contemplative silence by the end Each chapter switches back and forth between the POVs of Carla, the current owner of the piano, and Katya, the former owner Carla is a young mechanic who lost her parents in a tragic fire the piano being the only physical object that remains of t I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.The Weight of a Piano is carefully tuned literary fiction It finds the perfect moment to tug at all the right emotions, leaving you in a reverent, contemplative silence by the end Each chapter switches back and forth between the POVs of Carla, the current owner of the piano, and Katya, the former owner Carla is a young mechanic who lost her parents in a tragic fire the piano being the only physical object that remains of the fond times with her family Katya is a Russian immigrant who was obligated to leave her beloved piano in Europe when she left to seek refuge in the United States The piano is a metaphor for both of their lives, a placeholder for both of their souls and essences Eventually, and for reasons that she can t quite articulate, Carla finds herself on a road trip across the desert, trailing behind the moving truck that carries her piano for the photographer she lent it to.This book is absolutely lovely, gripping and poetic I highly recommend it, especially if you re the kind of person who enjoys self reflective indie movies about cathartic road trips I would recommend this to see above , as a beach travel read, or to people who enjoy a little romance in novels but don t want to read from the romance section The Weight of a Piano comes out on January 22nd 2019 flag Like see review Dec 31, 2018 Emma rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley, 2018, 2018 novel, one shots series starters I received an advanced copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Wow This story was much complex than I thought it was going to be.The Weight of a Piano tells two stories one of Katya in the Soviet Union in 1962 and the other of Clara in 2012 Although their stories take place during different times, Katya and Clara are connected through a collection of complicated relationships, each revolving around music and a piano.This story is told in third person, and each chapter alt I received an advanced copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Wow This story was much complex than I thought it was going to be.The Weight of a Piano tells two stories one of Katya in the Soviet Union in 1962 and the other of Clara in 2012 Although their stories take place during different times, Katya and Clara are connected through a collection of complicated relationships, each revolving around music and a piano.This story is told in third person, and each chapter alternates between Katya s and Clara s POV For this story, I think it s appropriate It felt like peeling two onions at the same time There s some overlap in the telling of these two stories which is necessary since these stories are happening at different times with different people but is still a bit bothersome for the reader.My biggest complaint for this book is Clara s romantic life She s a mess, which is probably on purpose for the sake of the rest of the story But she s so all over the place, it makes it hard for me to like her and how she treats those around her Her journey is very much focused on her own healing, without much care for how this process is effecting others.Overall, it was a good read It s quick and entertaining, so I d definitely recommend it flag Like see review Dec 21, 2018 Nancy rated it really liked it Letting Go of the Past and Finding LoveClara has lost another boyfriend because she can t commit to a long term relationship She has to move again and that means carting her Bluthner piano to yet another apartment This time on the second floor In the move, she hurts her hand and finally decides she s had enough of a piano she doesn t play Time to sell it Katya a young girl in the Soviet Union is entranced by hearing a neighbor play the Bluthner piano When the old man dies, he leaves the in Letting Go of the Past and Finding LoveClara has lost another boyfriend because she can t commit to a long term relationship She has to move again and that means carting her Bluthner piano to yet another apartment This time on the second floor In the move, she hurts her hand and finally decides she s had enough of a piano she doesn t play Time to sell it Katya a young girl in the Soviet Union is entranced by hearing a neighbor play the Bluthner piano When the old man dies, he leaves the instrument to Katya who becomes a talented musician She marries Mikhail, who becomes frustrated by his inability to provide for his family He convinces her to move to California telling her that one day she will get her piano back This is not only the story of Clara and Katya It is also the story of the piano One of the most interesting parts of the book is the author s description of how the Beuthner pianos were created The writing is beautifully done and pulls you into the story There is a romance, but it is the story of finding yourself and letting go of the past I enjoyed the book and recommend it if you enjoy well written romance that also explores the theme of artistic inspiration and how the talent and problems of the parents affect the children I received this book from First to Read for this review flag Like see review Nov 26, 2018 Aditi rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves historical fiction, romance, first to read galleys, first to read Thanks to FTR and publishers for an ARC of the book.I thought this would be a weighty book, pun intended Having recently finished a russian cold war era book I had similar expectations of this one But this is, at the heart of it, a love story and a woman called Clara trying to understand her past, to come to terms with her present So read it as a romance and you wont be dissapointed.This book starts well, with descriptions of Piano making Its an easy read with varying emotions and some cli Thanks to FTR and publishers for an ARC of the book.I thought this would be a weighty book, pun intended Having recently finished a russian cold war era book I had similar expectations of this one But this is, at the heart of it, a love story and a woman called Clara trying to understand her past, to come to terms with her present So read it as a romance and you wont be dissapointed.This book starts well, with descriptions of Piano making Its an easy read with varying emotions and some cliffhangers I liked the story of Katya than Clara, which had passion Clara s decision to follow men across the state renting her Piano seemed impractical to me, but literary license right I didnt love this book, but read it in one sitting so it is definitely gripping enough One piano tied these two families across generations and the closure seemed befitting to me An epilogue about Clara would have been even better ending to the book rating 3 stars flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 24, 2019 Anne rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves read in 2019 Dear readers, should you choose to step into the pages of this book and experience the stories of these characters and the journey of the beautiful 1905 ebonized Bl thner piano, you should be assured you are in the hands of a virtuoso I can t recall the last time I read a story that was so beautifully rendered that I felt as though I experienced every emotion from the highest C to the lowest A on the keyboard And then there was the silence which contained some of the most profound revelations Dear readers, should you choose to step into the pages of this book and experience the stories of these characters and the journey of the beautiful 1905 ebonized Bl thner piano, you should be assured you are in the hands of a virtuoso I can t recall the last time I read a story that was so beautifully rendered that I felt as though I experienced every emotion from the highest C to the lowest A on the keyboard And then there was the silence which contained some of the most profound revelations of all I don t know how to express my feelings about this book because, like Clara, I don t have the music in my head and words alone seem somehow inadequate This book deserves your time and attention and hopefully will reward you, as it did me, with a memorable reading experience flag Like see review Jan 18, 2019 Kathleen Gray rated it really liked it Clara and Katya are linked across time and space by a Bluthner piano If you ve ever wondered about how a piano is made, Cander details this fascinating process, this making the piano as much of a character as the two women Two women who could not be different Or are they The former Soviet Union and Bakersfield, California are also vastly different but that piano it endures It s also a tough nut to move, which is key to the novel I liked Clara, who has faced much adversity in her life Clara and Katya are linked across time and space by a Bluthner piano If you ve ever wondered about how a piano is made, Cander details this fascinating process, this making the piano as much of a character as the two women Two women who could not be different Or are they The former Soviet Union and Bakersfield, California are also vastly different but that piano it endures It s also a tough nut to move, which is key to the novel I liked Clara, who has faced much adversity in her life and works wait for it as a mechanic in part because she felt so real Thanks to Netgalley for the the arc While this type of plot is always popular woman discovers her past , Cander has done an especially nice job with it flag Like see review Jan 07, 2019 Sharondblk rated it it was amazing Shelves netgalley This was a great read It s not subtle, the book is called The Weight of Piano, and it about the physical and psychological weight of a piano as a metaphor Despite this it is not heavy handed,perhaps because it is so well written, with characters that are likeable, flawed and interesting I notice when I m reading books that are clumsily written I highlight passages there was none of that here the dialogue is smooth flowing, the descriptions of scenery beautifully done and appropriate and th This was a great read It s not subtle, the book is called The Weight of Piano, and it about the physical and psychological weight of a piano as a metaphor Despite this it is not heavy handed,perhaps because it is so well written, with characters that are likeable, flawed and interesting I notice when I m reading books that are clumsily written I highlight passages there was none of that here the dialogue is smooth flowing, the descriptions of scenery beautifully done and appropriate and the plot moves at just the right pace.I was very happy, after I finished the book, to find out that Chris Cander has already published some other novel, which i am looking forward to reading.I recieved this as an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review flag Like see review Dec 29, 2018 Susan rated it really liked it Shelves 2018 reads, arc, wom2018 It took some time for me to warm up to this novel about two women and the piano that connects their histories I think that dual timelines are beginning to be overdone in contemporary novels, but, in this case, I didn t feel that interrupted the story too much The main character, Clara, showed a lot of growth over the course of the story, and she developed a lot of insight about herself I loved the ending and the choice Clara made The descriptions of Death Valley were well done and added to m It took some time for me to warm up to this novel about two women and the piano that connects their histories I think that dual timelines are beginning to be overdone in contemporary novels, but, in this case, I didn t feel that interrupted the story too much The main character, Clara, showed a lot of growth over the course of the story, and she developed a lot of insight about herself I loved the ending and the choice Clara made The descriptions of Death Valley were well done and added to my enjoyment of the book.Thank you to Penguin s First to Read program for an advance copy of this book flag Like see review Jan 11, 2019 Gena My Book Reviews for You rated it it was amazing Shelves read first This was a beautiful novel I enjoyed the way the characters real emotions were depicted, not just glossed over This is another novel that exceeded my expectations of it The story is about the piano that Katya received when she was a young girl in the Soviet Union Katya is forced to leave behind her beloved piano when she comes to America with her husband Many years later, Clara becomes the owner of this same piano Katya and Clara and their emotions of joy, humor, pain, and loss are depict This was a beautiful novel I enjoyed the way the characters real emotions were depicted, not just glossed over This is another novel that exceeded my expectations of it The story is about the piano that Katya received when she was a young girl in the Soviet Union Katya is forced to leave behind her beloved piano when she comes to America with her husband Many years later, Clara becomes the owner of this same piano Katya and Clara and their emotions of joy, humor, pain, and loss are depicted in a wonderful way through their mesmerizing stories The storyline is about the different layers of the different stories of the people who were influenced by the piano in their lives Along the way, the story is both beautiful and heartbreaking at times flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 4 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Chris Cander 122 followers Chris Cander is the author of the novels THE WEIGHT OF A PIANO forthcoming from Knopf, 2019 , WHISPER HOLLOW, and 11 STORIES, and the grade K 5 picture book THE WORD BURGLAR Visit chriscander for info Readers Also Enjoyed

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    1. Pianos are difficult to move Ponderous and unwieldly, a piano cannot be moved by oneself Help is required This particular piano carries with it not only its heft but emotional attachments that are equally as heavy Auto mechanic, Clara, drags the piano around from apartment to apartment and relationship to relationship until she meets a photographer with his own baggage associated with the instrument And what of the music or its absence There is a great deal of history associated with this Pianos [...]


    2. In 1962, 8 year old Russian Katya receives a piano, which is bequeathed to her by her elderly neighbor, who recognizes the music in Katya The piano is a German Bluthner Katya becomes a gifted pianist and she brings the best out of the piano But her piano is lost to her when her husband decides to leave Russia with high hopes of starting a new life in America with Katya and their son In 2012, Clara is torn about whether she should sell her Bluthner piano, which was given to her by her beloved In [...]


    3. I have a total book hangover The story is poignant, but importantly to me is how the people are so real This author clearly understands human emotion on another level, and pulls the reader right into each character s world so completely that you truly forget they are words on a page and not flesh and blood The research that must have gone into this novel in order to include the level of detail it does, is staggering.The PASSIONS are palpable I laughed, I cried, and I even exclaimed Oh I have a [...]


    4. Chris Cander s new book, The Weight of a Piano is simply stunning Her story follows the life of a Bluthner piano as it travels from owner to owner In addition to the piano, there are two women who play central roles in the tale In 1962 when she is 8 years old, Katya is gifted the piano by a neighbor in her apartment building in Russia She eventually emigrates from Russia to the United States losing her piano in the process In 2012, Clara, who was gifted the piano by her father, decides to s Chri [...]


    5. Thank you so very much Knopf for my free copy of THE WEIGHT OF A PIANO This is an emotional, poignant novel with elegant prose that will pull you in so much you won t want to let go.In 1962, eight year old Katya Dmitrievna receives a piano from her neighbor who sees something special in her It s a beautiful Bl thner piano and Katya grows up to become a gifted pianist Years later, she s married with a son and her husband decides it s time to leave Russia to start a new life in America, but her Th [...]


    6. I couldn t decide whether to give this book a 3 3.5 or a 4 and After debating I decided on a 4 because it genuinely was a good novel It had some predictable moments however, the alternating stories of the past and present kept me interested not really lagging anywhere throughout Of all the twists there was only really one that I didn t see coming and I enjoyed that This books synopsis is already written out so I will just say that it was a heartfelt book about wrestling with either holdin I coul [...]


    7. OMG, can this book be any irritating Every major character in this book is either depressed, behaves badly, or keeps making bad decisions It s essentially the story of a young Russian girl named Katya to whom is bequeathed a beautiful and expensive Bl thner piano, which eventually falls into the hands of an American girl named Carla, and how their stories intersect Katya s story in interesting, and I wanted to read about her Carla s story, whose chapters alternated with Katya s, wa OMG, can th [...]


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