Every Note Played

Every Note Played

From neuroscientist and New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice comes a powerful exploration of regret, forgiveness, freedom, and what it means to be alive.

An accomplished concert pianist, Richard received standing ovations from audiences all over the world in awe of his rare combination of emotional resonance and flawless technique. Every finger of his hands was a finely calibrated instrument, dancing across the keys and striking each note with exacting precision. That was eight months ago.

Richard now has ALS, and his entire right arm is paralyzed. His fingers are impotent, still, devoid of possibility. The loss of his hand feels like a death, a loss of true love, a divorce—his divorce.

He knows his left arm will go next.

Three years ago, Karina removed their framed wedding picture from the living room wall and hung a mirror there instead. But she still hasn’t moved on. Karina is paralyzed by excuses and fear, stuck in an unfulfilling life as a piano teacher, afraid to pursue the path she abandoned as a young woman, blaming Richard and their failed marriage for all of it.

When Richard 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.

Poignant and powerful, Every Note Played is a masterful exploration of redemption and what it means to find peace inside of forgiveness.

Title:Every Note Played
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781476717807
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About Lisa Genova

Lisa Genova graduated valedictorian, summa cum laude from Bates College with a degree in Biopsychology and has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard University.


    Every Note Played Reviews

  • Emily May

    His neurons are dying, and the muscles they feed are literally starving for input. Every twitch is a muscle stammering, gasping, begging to be saved. They can't be saved. I don't know what it is that...

  • Elyse

    Any reader or movie goer by now has at least heard of “Still Alice”, about Alzheimer’s and dementia by Lisa Genova, which was first published in in 2009. I read that book back in 2009...before t...

  • Debbie

    I couldn’t take it!No no no!! This read like a detailed, precise instruction manual for caregivers whose patients are dying horrible deaths. I wanted fiction! The fact that the book had characters a...

  • Susanne Strong

    4 Brilliant Stars.Lisa Genova does it again. In “Every Note Played” – she tackles the toughest of medical diseases: “ALS” – also known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease” and she does it with ...

  • Diane S ?

    Once again Genova takes us deep into the world of a debilitating illness, and it's effects on the person and their family. Richard was a man who was considered a success, a world renowned pianist, he ...

  • Norma * Traveling Sister

    Wow!! EVERY NOTE PLAYED was an absolutely phenomenal book and it was quickly placed into my 2018 favourite reads shelf!EVERY NOTE PLAYED by LISA GENOVA is a deeply moving, sad, and an absolutely fanta...

  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister

    4.5 stars!Powerful. Emotional. Heart wrenching. Captivating. Eye-opening. Informative.Every Note Played is the story of Richard, a world famous pianist who, in the midst of his thriving career, develo...

  • Jen

    ALS. Another disease that robs people of who they are and leaves them in a carcass of who they once were. Richard, an established and famous pianist, develops ALS and loses his ability to play and so ...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    5 educational and emotionally resonant stars to Every Note Played, my first Lisa Genova novel! 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 I cannot imagine this book being any more emotionally-engaging than it was! I wa...

  • Cheri

    4.5 Stars ”If Karina had grown up fifteen kilometers down the road in either direction, north or south, in Gliwice or Bytom instead of Zabrze, her whole life would be different. Location matters in ...