The Weight of a Piano

The Weight of a Piano

For fans of Ann Patchett's Bel Canto, Amanda Coplin's The Orchardist, and Annie Proulx's Accordion Crimes. 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. In 1962, in the Soviet Union, eight-year-old Katya is bequeathed what will become the love of her life: a Blüthner pian For fans of Ann Patchett's Bel Canto, Amanda Coplin's The Orchardist, and Annie Proulx's Accordion Crimes. A t...

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Title:The Weight of a Piano
Author:Chris Cander
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:0525654674
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:328 pages pages

The Weight of a Piano Reviews

  • Jeana
    Mar 13, 2019
    4.5 stars What a beautiful book! It started off with two storylines seemingly in two very different places?a concert pianist in Russia and a 20-something girl mechanic in California. As the stories progress, they come closer and closer and you can see the similar thread in their s...
  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    Feb 11, 2019
    Two stories alternate in this book. One is the story of a woman in Russia who loves her piano and has to leave it behind when she goes to live in America. The other is the story of a woman in California who hesitates to get involved with others because she was orphaned at a young age. ...
  • Nat
    Mar 13, 2019
    I won an ARC in a Goodreads giveaway. Told in parallel stories, this one really comes together in the end. I think the title is absolutely perfect. Clara and Greg are both struggling under the weight of their pasts, symbolized by the old piano. looking forward to more from this author....
  • Caroline
    Feb 18, 2019
    I loved this book so much. From the opening chapter which describes the mastery involved in the creation of a piano, I knew I was reading something special, and it didn't disappoint. Chris Cander uses such rich but spare language, I wanted to slow myself down to savor each word, while ...
  • Vivek Tejuja
    Mar 04, 2019
    The book caught my eye when I read some people comparing it to Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. I think the similarity ends with music being the focal theme of both books. The Weight of a Piano is a very different book, that I thoroughly enjoyed. It is a book about how a piano made in Romani...
  • Cindy Burnett
    Feb 01, 2019
    Chris Cander?s new book, The Weight of a Piano is simply stunning. Her story follows the life of a Bluthner piano as it travels from owner to owner. In addition to the piano, there are two women who play central roles in the tale. In 1962 when she is 8 years old, Katya is gifted the ...
  • Penny Linsenmayer
    Feb 04, 2019
    Cander's gorgeous prose, particularly in the opening and ending chapters, will draw readers in to her nuanced exploration of grief, love, betrayal, and the transformative power of art and music in our lives. Through alternate timelines, interwoven relationships, and a single beloved pi...
  • Susan Beamon
    Feb 12, 2019
    This is the story of a piano, a Bluthner piano, made in Germany a long time ago. One of the owners took it with him to Russia. All we know of him is that he played the piano very well and he had no family with him. Everyone was afraid of him except for Katya. Because of that he taught ...
  • Penny (Literary Hoarders)
    Mar 06, 2019
    Definitely more of a strong 3.5 star. It's very good and I did enjoy my time reading it - the two main female characters have excellent stories to tell, but it was Katya's that was strongest for me. It was the ending where it fizzled out a bit. I'll admit to being taken more by Cander'...
  • Karen Raskin
    Feb 02, 2019
    Overall, this was a very good story that I really enjoyed reading. Although the writing was uneven at times, sometimes it was quite powerful, especially near the end. I could experience the feelings of the emotionally damaged characters Carla, Katya, and Greg, and I wanted to know how ...
  • Esme
    Jan 06, 2019
    I received The Weight of a Piano through NetGalley in exchange for a review. Thanks to Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group for allowing me a copy! Two women over nearly 50 years are united by their attachment to an extraordinary piano and a secret that causes a domino effect of tragedy...
  • Deb Coco
    Feb 15, 2019
    I had no idea what to expect of this book. I'd read one review, but I chose the audiobook after listening to a sample of the narrator, who is incredible. She is able to swing from the voice a 26 year old American, to a Russian child and then women, a German, all effortlessly while tell...
  • Faith
    Feb 23, 2019
    I first heard of this book and its author, a Houston native, from an article in the Houston Chronicle. The story is captivating in the twists and turns about a piano that ties two distinctly different families together. ...
  • Michelle
    Dec 31, 2018
    This is a beautifully written story which explores many aspects of relationships. I thought it was very clever to use a piano to signify the different ?weights? we all carry around. ...
  • Tory
    Nov 26, 2018
    The start was GORGEOUS. The piano-maker roaming the Romanian forests to find a perfect tree; the craftsmen carefully creating each instrument by hand. But then: for as sweeping a story as it was, the language was seriously lacking, imho. I wanted perfectly-wrought, elegant sentences th...
  • Shana
    Aug 09, 2018
    I have a total "book hangover!" The story is poignant, but more importantly to me is how the people are so real! This author clearly understands human emotion on another level, and pulls the reader right into each character's world so completely that you truly forget they are words...
  • Jonathan
    Nov 23, 2018
    I couldn?t decide whether to give this book a 3/ 3.5/ or a 4 and After debating I decided on a 4 because it genuinely was a good novel. It had some predictable moments however, the alternating stories of the past and present kept me interested not really lagging anywhere throughout. ...
  • Aditi
    Nov 26, 2018
    Thanks to FTR and publishers for an ARC of the book. I thought this would be a 'weighty' book, pun intended. Having recently finished a russian cold war era book I had similar expectations of this one. But this is, at the heart of it, a love story and a woman called Clara trying to un...
  • Claude Bouchard
    Jan 11, 2019
    OMG, can this book be any more irritating? Every major character in this book is either depressed, behaves badly, or keeps making bad decisions. It's essentially the story of a young Russian girl named Katya to whom is bequeathed a beautiful and expensive Blüthner piano, which eve...
  • Mary Lins
    Dec 11, 2018
    ?The Weight of a Piano?, by Chris Cander, alternates points of view between Russian immigrant Katya, and twenty-six year old car mechanic, Clara. But the main protagonist is really a German-crafted Bluthner upright piano (it?s a real thing ? Wikipedia). Initially I was draw...
  • Beth
    Jan 25, 2019
    Beginning so very good. Wonderful writing. Great story. Some parts so good, really reached inside this piano player. And then some parts really lost me, like I was reading a sixth grader?s paper. One reviewer described some parts as sluggish. I don?t mind sluggish, that is not my c...
  • Michelle Lancaster
    Jan 08, 2019
    LITERARY FICTION Chris Cander The Weight of a Piano: A Novel Alfred A. Knopf Hardcover, 978-0-5256-5467-4 (also available as an e-book), 336 pgs., $26.95 January 22, 2019 Julius Blüthner, a German piano maker in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, was a legend i...
  • Janelle • She Reads with Cats
    Jan 20, 2019
    Thank you so very much Knopf for my free copy of THE WEIGHT OF A PIANO - This is an emotional, poignant novel with elegant prose that will pull you in so much you won?t want to let go. In 1962, eight-year-old Katya Dmitrievna receives a piano from her neighbor who sees somethin...
  • Marjorie
    Dec 11, 2018
    In 1962, 8-year-old Russian Katya receives a piano, which is bequeathed to her by her elderly neighbor, who recognizes the music in Katya. The piano is a German Bluthner. Katya becomes a gifted pianist and she brings the best out of the piano. But her piano is lost to her when her husb...
  • Stephanie Crowe
    Aug 18, 2018
    The Weight Of a Piano by Chris Cander I knew that Cander was writing this book and it?s title always intrigued me. Now it?s finished and what a book it is!! The piano has always been a part of my life so it is appealing to me that the Bluthner piano is the main character of this...
  • Tammy
    Sep 11, 2018
    Pianos are difficult to move. Ponderous and unwieldly, a piano cannot be moved by oneself. Help is required. This particular piano carries with it not only its heft but emotional attachments that are equally as heavy. Auto mechanic, Clara, drags the piano around from apartment to apart...
  • Rachel | mrs.bennett.reads
    Mar 07, 2019
    This was not an exactly perfect novel for me but I loved it enough, and it made enough of an emotional impact, that I will just go ahead and give it a bump to 5 stars. While it seems on the surface that this is a book about a piano (and it is), it is really a story about grief, let...
  • Joshua
    Aug 09, 2018
    Fast paced and a joy to read! Interesting storyline with rich details and fascinating characters. Loved it! ...
  • Jen Coombes
    Jan 20, 2019
    This book was provided to me for free from Net Galley in exchange for a fair review. Chris Cander starts out this book with a mind blowingly good first chapter. The problem with introducing a book with such a beautifully written first chapter is that you lead the readers to believe ...
  • Maxine
    Aug 22, 2018
    I read an advance copy of this novel and absolutely love it. Highly recommend!! ...