Join us

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Newsletter

Chris Cander

The Weight of a Piano

Cover: The Weight of a Piano - Chris Cander

Chris Cander

The Weight of a Piano

2020, pp. 320, Paperback
ISBN: 9781787702103
Region: United States
Available as ebook Available as ebook Available as ebook
£ 12.99

The book

A dazzling exploration of how the human heart can both break and be restored

Hidden in dense forests high in the Romanian mountains, where the winters were especially cold and long, were spruce trees that would be made into pianos: exquisite instruments famous for the warmth of their tone and beloved by the likes of Schumann and Liszt. One man alone knew how to choose them . . .

The Weight of a Piano is a tour-de-force about two women and the piano that inexorably ties their lives together through time and across continents.

In 1962, in the Soviet Union, eight-year-old Katya is bequeathed what will become the love of her life, a Blüthner piano built by a master piano-maker at the turn of the century in Germany.

In 2012, in California, twenty-six-year-old Clara Lundy loses another boyfriend and again has to nd a new apartment, a situation which is further complicated by the gift her father had given her for her twelfth birthday: a Blüthner piano.

The mysterious – and tragic – connections between Katya and Clara unravel gradually yet thrillingly in Chris Cander’s powerful novel about attraction, obsession, creative passion, love and loss.

The author

Chris Cander
Chris Cander is the author of two previous novels, 11 Stories, and Whisper Hollow. She lives with her husband, daughter and son in Houston, Texas.

Reviews

Books by region

  • Cover: Interior Chinatown - Charles Yu

    Charles Yu

    Interior Chinatown

    2020, pp. 288, £ 12.99
    Playful but heartfelt, a send-up of Hollywood tropes and Asian stereotypes, Interior Chinatown is Charles Yu’s most moving, daring, and masterly...
  • Cover: Your Duck Is My Duck - Deborah Eisenberg

    Deborah Eisenberg

    Your Duck Is My Duck

    2020, pp. 224, £ 8.99
    By turns dark and hilarious, at times solemn and mysterious, Your Duck Is My Duck cements Deborah Eisenberg’s reputation as one of America’s...
  • Cover: Your Duck Is My Duck - Deborah Eisenberg

    Deborah Eisenberg

    Your Duck Is My Duck

    2019, pp. 224, £ 12.99
    By turns dark and hilarious, at times solemn and mysterious, Your Duck Is My Duck cements Deborah Eisenberg’s reputation as one of America’s...
  • Cover: If I Had Two Lives - Abbigail Rosewood

    Abbigail Rosewood

    If I Had Two Lives

    2019, pp. 272, £ 13.99
    A young woman’s search for home and belonging.
  • Cover: The Hazards of Good Fortune - Seth Greenland

    Seth Greenland

    The Hazards of Good Fortune

    2018, pp. 624, £ 14.99
    Fiction that feels as contemporary as tomorrow’s headlines
  • Cover: Mad Boy - Nick Arvin

    Nick Arvin

    Mad Boy

    2018, pp. 240, £ 11.99
    A rollicking, picaresque novel about family and perseverance set during America’s “forgotten war” of 1812.

More suggestions

  • Cover: Oxygen - Sacha Naspini

    Sacha Naspini

    Oxygen

    2021, pp. 208, £ 12.99
    What would you do if one day you found out the person who raised you is a monster?
  • Cover: The Son of the House - Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onoubia

    Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onoubia

    The Son of the House

    2021, pp. 304, £ 13.99
    In Igboland, the lives of two Nigerian women change forever…
  • Cover: Thirst - Amélie Nothomb

    Amélie Nothomb

    Thirst

    2021, pp. 112, £ 12.99
    The Gospel according to Amélie.
  • Cover: Remote Sympathy - Catherine Chidgey

    Catherine Chidgey

    Remote Sympathy

    2021, pp. 464, £ 16.99
    The looming presence of the nearby prison camp – lying just beyond a patch of forest – is the only blot to mar what is otherwise an idyllic life...
  • Cover: Salina. The Three Exiles - Laurent Gaudé

    Laurent Gaudé

    Salina. The Three Exiles

    2021, pp. 144, £ 11.99
    A timeless story between foundational tale and myth.
  • Cover: Brotherhood - Mohamed Mbougar Sarr

    Mohamed Mbougar Sarr

    Brotherhood

    2021, pp. 208, £ 11.99
    A novel about cowardice and courage in the face of repression, from a powerful new voice of French-African literature