Bestselling author of Oscar-winning, STILL ALICE and neuroscientist, Lisa Genova’s novels always make me cry. Her new one, EVERY SINGLE NOTE (ScoutPress), is not any different. This time, her novel is about regret, forgiveness, freedom and what it means to be alive. All of Lisa’s novels tackle unique diseases and EVERY SINGLE NOTE incorporates ALS. For those of you who enjoyed STILL ALICE, you won’t be let down.
Richard is an accomplished pianist. He’s 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 each note with exacting precision. That was eight months ago.
“The first bubble breaks the surface, a pop in his left calf. It vibrates there for a few seconds, the opening act, then jumps to his right quadriceps, just above the knee. Then the pad at the base of his right thumb flickers. Over and over, and over.”
Richard 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.
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. Karina is paralyzed by excuses and fear, 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, both he and Karina try to reconcile their past before it’s too late.
EVERY NOTE PLAYED is a powerful novel. I understand ALS much better after reading Lisa’s book. I felt as if I could feel what Richard was going through at times, and the ending will absolutely bring understanding and inevitable tears. Lisa has a unique talent for bringing understanding of diseases to readers and helping us understand their power, but the ultimate overwhelming lesson is love conquers all.
Acclaimed as the Oliver Sacks of fiction and the Michael Crichton of brain science, Lisa Genova is the New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice, Left Neglected, Love Anthony, and Inside the O’Briens. Still Alice was adapted into an Oscar-winning film starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, and Kristen Stewart. Lisa graduated valedictorian from Bates College with a degree in biopsychology and holds a PhD in neuroscience from Harvard University. She travels worldwide speaking about the neurological diseases she writes about and has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, Today, PBS NewsHour, CNN, and NPR. Her TED talk, What You Can Do To Prevent Alzheimer’s, has been viewed over 2 million times.
**A NOTE FROM LISA:
In May 2017, about the same time that I finished the final draft of this book, the FDA approved a new drug for the treatment of ALS. Radicava became available by prescription to patients in August 2017; intravenous infusions in twenty-eight cycles and costs $1,000 per infusion. In a trial in Japan, Radicava slowed the decline in physical symptoms by 33 percent. There is hope.
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