Pieces: A Life in Eight Movements and a Prelude

| November 3, 2014


Pieces: A Life in Eight Movements and a Prelude

Written like a suite in eight movements, Pieces is a novel about music, with leitmotifs, repetitions, counterpoint, harmony and disharmony. The story begins in Oklahoma with a five-year-old violin prodigy who has perfect pitch and a remarkable teacher named Tosca. The following movements, or chapters, capture the protagonist’s teen years in Connecticut, student years at Princeton, jazz concerts in New York, and then the big jump to Europe. An enchanting work that carries one along in a flow and movement that is very much like a symphony.

“Beautifully written and rich with musical references-even the Beatles are mentioned-this book is a tour de force of life with a violin in one’s hands, staring through the strings….Pieces is damn near perfect pitch, I’d say. Maybe the best book of its sort I’ve listened to for a while.”–Byron Edgington, author of The Sky Behind Me: A Memoir of Flying & Life


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