Every Note Played

Every Note Played

From neuroscientist and New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice comes a powerful and heartbreaking exploration of regret, forgiveness, freedom, and what it means to be alive.An accomplished concert pianist, Richard received standing ovations from audiences all over the world in awe of his rare combination of emotional resonance and flawless technique. Every finger...

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Title:Every Note Played
Author:Lisa Genova
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Every Note Played Reviews

  • Laura Rash

    I’m always amazed by LG talent to tell a heart wrenching story about a horrifying disease & leave you informed, exhausted but fortified. The effects of ALS are so devastating, not just on the person who has it but to everyone in their life. A very poignant story of not just the effects of this disease but of forgiveness & not waiting until it’s too late for it.

    Thanks so much to the publisher for this early copy:)

  • Marika

    Once again author Lisa Genova delves into the medical fiction arena. Richard, a world renowned classical pianist, is devastated when he is diagnosed with ALS. His beloved piano is no longer his friend, but a painful reminder of what he can no longer do. Richard has always been an obnoxious, haughty man who has managed to alienate his family, including his now ex-wife and daughter. Who is to help Richard as his body slowly deteriorates? Who will assist him as his body plays its last note?

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    Once again author Lisa Genova delves into the medical fiction arena. Richard, a world renowned classical pianist, is devastated when he is diagnosed with ALS. His beloved piano is no longer his friend, but a painful reminder of what he can no longer do. Richard has always been an obnoxious, haughty man who has managed to alienate his family, including his now ex-wife and daughter. Who is to help Richard as his body slowly deteriorates? Who will assist him as his body plays its last note?

    I read an advance copy and was not compensated.

  • Lynn

    As I read the last page of this book, I am emotionally drained. Lisa Genova has drawn deeply me into the lives of an exceptionally talented pianist, who now has ALS, and his family, his caregivers, his physicians, Home Health workers. Day by day, like a dripping faucet or a ticking clock, this disease agonizingly takes away one muscle after another: fingers, toes, legs, arms, neck. One hand seizes up while the other hangs limp at his side. Richard ultimately loses the ability to swallow, to dige

    As I read the last page of this book, I am emotionally drained. Lisa Genova has drawn deeply me into the lives of an exceptionally talented pianist, who now has ALS, and his family, his caregivers, his physicians, Home Health workers. Day by day, like a dripping faucet or a ticking clock, this disease agonizingly takes away one muscle after another: fingers, toes, legs, arms, neck. One hand seizes up while the other hangs limp at his side. Richard ultimately loses the ability to swallow, to digest food, to speak, to breathe.

    Lisa Genova works into Richard's story the painful duties of caregiver, the financial realities, the reuniting of estranged family members.

    This is a heartbreaking story, but one that you absolutely must read.

    I read this EARC courtesy of Edelweiss and Simon & Schuster pub date 04/03/18

  • Diane S ☔

    Once again Genova takes us deep into the world of a debilitating illness, and it's effects on the person and their family. Richard was a man who was considered a success, a world renowned pianist, he has played all over the world, with many different symphonies, in many different venues. Piano has been his life since he was a young child, much to his father's dismay, and he has lost much in the quest for his career. Divorced from his wife Karina, his only daughter who he barely knows, now in col

    Once again Genova takes us deep into the world of a debilitating illness, and it's effects on the person and their family. Richard was a man who was considered a success, a world renowned pianist, he has played all over the world, with many different symphonies, in many different venues. Piano has been his life since he was a young child, much to his father's dismay, and he has lost much in the quest for his career. Divorced from his wife Karina, his only daughter who he barely knows, now in college, he is basically alone. First his right hand would no longer respond, a doctor's visit, eventually the diagnosis, ALS.

    Although I have heard of this devastating condition, I had previous to reading this, no first hand knowledge of this disease. Genova does not spare the reader as they learn of the horrifying progress of this disease. We read Richards thoughts as the degree progresses, as he loses not only his career, his love for his piano, but control of his body, step by step. Forced into a situation he has no choice but to accept, we watch as this very self involved man regrets many of the steps he took in his life. Karina, narrates her own story, the back story of she and Richard, and why she is doing what she feels she needs to now.

    Sad, yes, but this is also a novel of love, courage, second chances, regrets, responsibility and family. The hardships of caregivers, the fear of failing, and the amazing people who make this their career. It is humbling, scary, and emotionally engages the reader. All the things, this author, does so ably, both informative and personal, another unforgettable story.

    ARC from Edelweiss.

  • Jamie

    What an emotional story, wow (she says as she’s still drying tears and cleaning up the tissues...)

    Diving into any Lisa Genova novel is always going to lead you on a heart wrenching journey that is worth the rollercoaster of emotions your feelings will go through. One thing that set Every Note Played aside from other Genova novels is that this novel begins with the character knowing their diagnosis from the beginning, whereas in many of her other novels, the main character slowly exhibits symptom

    What an emotional story, wow (she says as she’s still drying tears and cleaning up the tissues...)

    Diving into any Lisa Genova novel is always going to lead you on a heart wrenching journey that is worth the rollercoaster of emotions your feelings will go through. One thing that set Every Note Played aside from other Genova novels is that this novel begins with the character knowing their diagnosis from the beginning, whereas in many of her other novels, the main character slowly exhibits symptoms and deteriorates before acknowledging and receiving a diagnosis.

    Richard is such an unlikeable character from page one. He’s a classical concert pianist who has earned a celebrity status in the music world and has the ego to go with it. He has isolated his ex-wife and only child and is more concerned about face and women than family. How are you supposed to have any sympathy for such a giant jerk even in the face of his ALS diagnosis, when he’s still such a seemingly awful person?! Well, Genova does it again! Incredibly moving story that will stay with me for quite some time.

    Thank you to Gallery Threshold books for an advance copy of Every Note Played. All opinions are my own.

  • Nancy

    Mother winner by Lisa Genova. From the outset, the book is about ALS but it’s also about forgiving, living, and grieving before death. Very well written, as usual.

  • Emily May

    I don't know what it is that makes these, um... medical dramas(?) of Genova's so damn compelling. Some writers just seem to have that certain way with words that draws you into the story and the characters' lives. It doesn't matter that her books aren't action-packed;

    sees a famou

    I don't know what it is that makes these, um... medical dramas(?) of Genova's so damn compelling. Some writers just seem to have that certain way with words that draws you into the story and the characters' lives. It doesn't matter that her books aren't action-packed;

    sees a famous and extremely talented pianist developing ALS (or Lou Gehrig's disease). Richard has dedicated his entire life to the piano and music. It is who he is on a deep, cellular level. In fact, he has sacrificed many other areas of his life to focus on his career playing with various orchestras around the world. When his precious hands start to fail him, he is forced to look at what's left of his life.

    It is obvious that the author is a neuroscientist. She knows the details of the disease and takes us through the grueling daily challenges of living with ALS that most of us probably never thought about. She dispels myths surrounding the disease - such as that ALS sufferers tend to live a long time, like Stephen Hawking. Hawking has lived an abnormally long time with the disease, and most people die within a few years of diagnosis. There is one pitiful treatment option available. There is no cure.

    Genova also creates some

    . There's no pity party for Richard. In fact, the perspective of the novel moves between Richard and that of his ex-wife Karina, and we discover that Richard has kinda been an asshole for a lot of his life. Arrogant. Self-absorbed. And yet this works really well and feels less manipulative than if Richard had been a saint.

    You might think we would have less sympathy for a man like this, and yet there is something deeply sad about it. To see this proud, arrogant man dress up in his tux, alone in his apartment, and play left-handed until he can play no more is hard to witness. In both this book and

    , Genova explores what it means to experience an ultimate loss of self - an intelligent woman losing her memories, a pianist losing use of his hands - and how a person must live with this.

    Her books are often sad books, but they feel refreshingly free of manipulation. They are not tear-jerkers that set out to make us cry. She simply creates interesting characters in terrible situations and explores how they deal with them. I like this. I equally like that she chose to focus on an unusual dynamic - that between a divorced middle-aged couple who really dislike each other. The relationship between Richard and Karina is as fascinating as everything else.

    Also, I was surprised how the author pulled me into the music part of the story. I’m not a musical person, to be honest. I love listening to all kinds of music, but I often feel cold when authors describe the feeling of being extremely passionate about playing an instrument and getting lost in the notes. That’s not something I’ve ever really understood and if you played me a note I couldn't even hazard a guess if it was ABCDEF or G, so books about music are usually boring to me. But the passion for music here really worked. The intoxicating feeling of the music as Richard uses it to escape reality is a good source of relief between the progressions of the disease.

    In short,

    is an unputdownable character portrait that informs about ALS on a painfully human level.

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  • RoseMary Achey

    Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or ALS is the focus of Genova's new novel. In this heartbreaking work a virtuoso concert pianist is stricken with ALS. Playing the piano was this protagonist sole passion. It was more important than his family, child, and wife. This estrangement created a serious problem when his disease progressed and he could no longer care for himself.

    In the same manner Genova taught the reader about Alzheimers in

    and Huntington’s Disease in

    we le

    Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or ALS is the focus of Genova's new novel. In this heartbreaking work a virtuoso concert pianist is stricken with ALS. Playing the piano was this protagonist sole passion. It was more important than his family, child, and wife. This estrangement created a serious problem when his disease progressed and he could no longer care for himself.

    In the same manner Genova taught the reader about Alzheimers in

    and Huntington’s Disease in

    we learn a great deal about ALS in this new novel. The pace of the novel seemed appropriate and but the characters were a bit weak in my opinion. I wish the author would have further developed the events leading up to their divorce.

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