From neuroscientist and New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice comes a virtuoso performance about finding harmony in the most tragic of circumstances.
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 every 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. Paralyzed in a different way, Karina is trapped within a prison of excuses and fear, stuck in an unfulfilling life as an after-school 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, the two struggle to reconcile their past before it's too late.
Poignant and powerful, with the staggering insight of Jojo Moyes's Me Before You, Every Note Played delivers a masterful exploration of redemption and what it means to find freedom and peace inside of forgiveness.