Sight Reading

Sight Reading

A Novel

Book - 2013 | 1st ed.
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Lyrical and evocative, Sight Reading by Daphne Kalotay is an intense, literary love story.

When Hazel and Remy happen upon each other on a warm Boston spring day, their worlds immediately begin to spin. Remy, a gifted violinist, is married to composer Nicholas Elko, who was once the love of Hazel's life. Over the decades, each buried secrets, disappointments, and betrayals that now threaten to undermine their happiness.

We follow the notes of their complicated, intertwined lives from 1987 to 2007, from Europe to America, and from conservatory life to the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Sight Reading, from the author of the acclaimed debut novel Russian Winter, is an exploration of what makes a family, of the importance of art in daily life, and of the role of intuition in both the creative process and the evolution of the self.

Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780062246936
Characteristics: 329 p. ; 24 cm.


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katarina_biblio Jun 27, 2017

A rich and deeply engrossing world, filled with flawed characters and moving music that seems to rise from the pages. At times it is a tad too mystical and affairs are romanticized, but a decidedly enjoyable and thought provoking summer read nonetheless.

ChristchurchLib Jul 15, 2013

"Sight Reading revolves around a composer and conductor who left his wife and daughter for a musically gifted younger woman and the emotions this provokes in all four characters over the succeeding years. But, as the novel revisits the principal characters in ten-year increments, it's also an exploration of forgiveness and regret, the importance of art in daily life, and the insular world of top musicians. Fans who remember the author's absorbing debut, Russian Winter, will want to snatch up this equally complex and artful story, and it will likely appeal to readers fond of literary, musical fiction, like Kazuo Ishiguro's collection, Nocturnes." July 2013 Fiction A to Z newsletter

mrsgail5756 Jul 05, 2013

The book was okay – but not one of my favorites.

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