A Memoir of Pain and the Piano

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"A rich and vibrant memoir that weaves chronic illness and classical music into a raw and inspiring tale of grace and determination. Andrea Avery, already a promising and ambitious classical pianist at twelve, was diagnosed with a severe case of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) that threatened not just her musical aspirations but her ability to live a normal life. As Andrea navigates the pain and frustration of coping with RA alongside the usual travails of puberty, college, sex, and just growing-up, she turns to music--specifically Franz Schubert's sonata in B-flat D960, and the one-armed pianist Paul Wittgenstein for strength and inspiration. The heartbreaking story of this mysterious sonata--Schubert's last, and his most elusive and haunting--is the soundtrack of Andrea's story. Sonata is a breathtaking exploration of a "Janus-head miracle"--Andrea's extraordinary talent and even more extraordinary illness. With no cure for her RA possible, Andrea must learn to live with this disease while not letting it define her, even though it leaves its mark on everyting around her--family, relationships, even the clothes she wears. Yet in this riveting account, she never loses her wit, humor, or the raw artistry of a true performer."--Book jacket inside flap.
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2017
Edition: First Pegasus Books cloth edition
ISBN: 9781681774091
Characteristics: xix, 250 pages ; 24 cm


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