In her latest novel, Every Note Played (Scout Press/Gallery), concert pianist Richard has experienced life’s joys through playing the piano, his expert fingers on the keys his livelihood and his passion. But, when he is given the diagnosis of ALS, Richard starts losing the use of his hands, then arms. His ex-wife Katrina is leading an unfulfilling life, teaching piano to disinterested kids after school. Years ago her career was put on hold for Richard, and she never faced her fear of actually pursuing her dreams. Feeling like she has little choice, Katrina reluctantly decides to be Richard’s caretaker.
Genova expertly explores regret, guilt and forgiveness as we witness the progression of this deadly disease. Richard and Katrina tip-toe around their past while they attend to the growing responsibilities and challenges ALS demands of them. Fighting their feelings of denial and anger, Richard, Katrina and their daughter use their fleeting time together to work through the disappointments of their relationships from the past and try to connect again one last time before it is too late.
Every Note Played is a tragic story about this horrible degenerative disease, but with the eye on human relationships and great insight, Genova explores life choices and their consequences, giving us incentive to be less selfish, and strive for peace and understanding among family and friends before we run out of time.
Acclaimed as the Oliver Sacks of fiction and the Michael Crichton of brain science, Lisa Genova is the New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice, Left Neglected, Love Anthony, and Inside the O’Briens. Still Alice was adapted into an Oscar-winning film starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, and Kristen Stewart. Lisa graduated valedictorian from Bates College with a degree in biopsychology and holds a PhD in neuroscience from Harvard University. She travels worldwide speaking about the neurological diseases she writes about and has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, Today, PBS NewsHour, CNN, and NPR. Her TED talk, What You Can Do To Prevent Alzheimer’s, has been viewed over 2 million times.