Every Note Played

Every Note Played

A Novel

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.
Publisher: New York : Scout Press, ©2018.
ISBN: 9781476717807
Characteristics: 307 pages ;,22 cm.

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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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RondaEnns
Aug 02, 2018

I love Lisa Genova's books and writing. I have read all of her work and looked forward to this one. I was not able to strongly connect with Richard and go through his journey as much as I thought I would. Still an excellent read and great information on ALS and the process that those stricken with it, and their families, go through.

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darladoodles
Jul 26, 2018

This book is like a symphony that has varied movements. We become intimate with ALS through the eyes of Richard and Karina. Genova's research and expertise in the area of neurology gives us solid medical information along with the lyrical prose. The pianist in me was enthralled by the musical inferences and I weep with Richard and Karina over the circumstances that have brought them to where they are. Have a box of tissues ready for the end if you haven't need them already. Highly recommended!

ehbooklover Apr 30, 2018

An emotionally searing read about a fractured family who find a way to come together to face a devastating disease. I have always loved Genova's books and this is one of her best yet. The characters are definitely flawed yet they are also believable and sympathetic. Have some tissues handy!

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lola_jane
Apr 26, 2018

Lisa Genova writes about medical conditions (in this case ALS) in a way that you gain a deeper understanding of the disease. However, her talent lies in that despite the medical terminology and detailed descriptions, you never lose sight of the human story - the individual and family at the centre of the illness.

Moving and thought-provoking.

Library_geek Apr 22, 2018

Devastatingly beautiful and honest, Genova has again stripped us bare with her ability to write about the difficult topics that can only be perfected by few. Her words are confronting but delivered in a way that encapsulates you into the reality of ALS and its effect on the sufferer, their families, care workers and others around them. Highly recommend read.

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parkerreidel
Apr 21, 2018

I read this book in 3 days. I felt so sorry, for the main character, and had the same feelings as the ex, as I read. I really had empathy for her, and the daughter. I love this authors books, you learn so much. Better then reading a text book. Highly recommend it. I give it 5 stars!

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bibliomum
Apr 13, 2018

A tragically beautiful story.

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Butterfly121761
Mar 31, 2018

Beautiful story about a horrible disease. I have read all of Lisa Genova's books and have loved them all. I find her books make the characters so real that they haunt me everytime I put the book down that I need to pick it up every chance I can. Every Note played kept me glued to the story, thinking about it when I wasn't able to read and looking for my next opportunity to share in Richard and Karina's story as well as being drawn into every character that was part of this story! If you don't normally read the acknowledgements I encourage you to read the acknowledgments in this one. I savored these pages as much as Richard and Karina's story. I'm not a movie person but this would be a movie I most definitely would make sure I didn't miss. I look forward to more from Lisa Genova!

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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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