I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
The Weight of a Piano is carefully tuned literary fiction. It finds the perfect moment to tug at all the right emotions, leaving you in a reverent, contemplative silence by the end.
Each chapter switches back and forth between the POVs of Carla, the current owner of the piano, and Katya, the former owner.
Carla is a young mechanic who lost her parents in a tragic fire; the piano being the only physical object that remains of the fond times with her family.
Katya is a Russian immigrant who was obligated to leave her beloved piano in Europe when she left to seek refuge in the United States.
The piano is a metaphor for both of their lives, a placeholder for both of their souls and essences.
Eventually, and for reasons that she can’t quite articulate, Carla finds herself on a road trip across the desert, trailing behind the moving truck that carries her piano for the photographer she lent it to.
This book is absolutely lovely, gripping and poetic. I highly recommend it, especially if you’re the kind of person who enjoys self-reflective indie movies about cathartic road trips.
I would recommend this to (see above), as a beach/travel read, or to people who enjoy a little romance in novels but don’t want to read from the romance section.
The Weight of a Piano comes out on January 22nd 2019!