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.
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.