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The Weight of a Piano by Chris Cander

The Weight of a Piano

Chris Cander

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Imprint: Europa Editions
Publisher: Europa Editions
Publication date: 22 Jan 2019
ISBN: 9780525654674

A tour-de-force about two women and the piano that inexorably ties their lives together through time and across continents, for better and for worse.

3 stars out of 5
Alex Clark
12 Jan 2020

"Cander’s novel, although it falls occasionally between starkness and sentimentality, is an interesting exploration of an abiding dilemma"

If the novel is primarily concerned with transgenerational trauma, the outcomes it suggests are necessarily provisional and partial; the past cannot be altered, simply accommodated. But the specifics of how we address its physical remains – those objects that we imbue with the uncanny and as communicants of the lives of the dead – is a matter for individual reckonings; whether to enshrine them or to treat them as mere accessories to the great human drama is an uneasy and often painful area. Cander’s novel, although it falls occasionally between starkness and sentimentality, is an interesting exploration of an abiding dilemma.

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