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Every Note PlayedEvery Note Played by Lisa Genova

Brenda’s Review & Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Norma and I were lost in the all my heart and emotional lush coulee with three of our regular visiting Traveling Sisters reading Every Note Played.

Lisa Genova writes skillfully with knowledge and compassion as she explores a family’s journey through ALS. She shows us insight into the reality of ALS for people with this disease and their family who cares for them.

Lisa Genova does an amazing job creating well-developed characters here with Richard and Karina and we loved the dynamics between them. Through both of their perspectives, we see each coming to terms with their failed marriage, their past decisions and find forgiveness and facing the truth. We see not only the physical decline of Richard’s health but also the emotional ramification of the disease has on him as well.

We found the ending so well done and love Lisa Genova’s ability to write so beautifully with understanding, hope and compassion with her characters and giving them strength in times of such heartache. Truly one of our favorite Traveling Sister Reads this year so far. We highly recommend!

Publication date March 20, 2018

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Canada, and Lisa Genova for the opportunity to read and review a copy of this book.


Norma’s Review

5 Stars!! Wow!  EVERY NOTE PLAYED was an absolutely phenomenal book and it was quickly placed into my 2018 favourite reads shelf!

EVERY NOTE PLAYED by LISA GENOVA is a deeply moving, sad, and an absolutely fantastic novel that had me totally emotionally engaged and interested throughout the entire book.  I was totally immersed in this story making it extremely hard for me to put down.

LISA GENOVA delivers an empowering and beautifully written story here with an extremely enthralling storyline that was easy to understand and follow. The story is told in two different perspectives from Richard’s point of view who is a world-renowned concert pianist living with ALS and his ex-wife’s, Karina his caretaker.  I was totally in awe with what I learned about ALS, the characters courage throughout this book and the familial dynamics between the characters.

To sum it all up it was an interesting, powerful, unforgettable, emotional, and an enjoyable read with a very touching, heart-wrenching, and bittersweet ending. Would highly recommend!

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Canada, and Lisa Genova for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book.  It was an absolute pleasure!!!


Susanne’s Review

4 Brilliant Stars.

Lisa Genova does it again.   In “Every Note Played” – she tackles the toughest of medical diseases: “ALS” – also known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease” and she does it with dignity and finesse.

Richard is a successful classical concert pianist.  His life is his work. He gave up his family for it:  his marriage fell apart and his daughter Grace has become a stranger to him.  Yet his career has thrived. One day however, Richard loses all feeling in the fingers of his right hand and then his entire arm becomes paralyzed.  Unfortunately for him, this is only the beginning. Karina is Richard’s ex-wife. She too, is a pianist. If Richard is honest, she was a better classical pianist than he was.  After they got married, Karina had Grace and her life took on a different path, one which she has never truly been satisfied with.

Once Karina finds out about Richard’s disease, everything changes for both of them and she steps into a role she never imagined.  Being Richard’s caretaker is not easy on either of them. Karina and Richard each have to find a way to let go. Of the pain and the resentment they feel.  Richard towards the cards he is dealt and Karina towards her ex-husband.

At its core, “Every Note Played” is a novel that explores pain and suffering, love, loss and forgiveness and what it means to find peace within oneself and with one’s life.

Lisa Genova is an incredible storyteller.  In “Every Note Played” she expertly tells the story of a man who has ALS.  She provides information about his disease in a way that gives us background, without overloading the reader with medical jargon.  Ms. Genova makes it about Richard, Karina and Grace rather than just about the disease itself. Having read all of Ms. Genova’s prior novels, I can say that she always does her research and that was clearly the case here.  I say this speaking from experience having lost two relatives to this awful disease.

There are no winners here.  ALS is heartbreaking, completely unfair and just plain horrifying.   “Every Note Played” reminds us how important it is to hold your friends and relatives close and make sure we show and tell them each and every day how much we love them.   At times, this novel may tear your heart to shreds, make your heart flutter and make your eyes fill with tears which simply can’t help but runneth over.

Thank you for bringing such an important story to the hearts and minds of all of us Ms. Genova.  Well done.


Lindsay’s Review

4.5 stars!

Powerful. Emotional. Heart wrenching. Captivating. Eye-opening. Informative.

Every Note Played is the story of Richard, a world famous pianist who, in the midst of his thriving career, develops ALS.  We witness this devastating disease take over and paralyze his body, stripping him of his career, relationships, pride, independence, freedom and more.

I admit I knew next to nothing about ALS prior to picking up this engrossing book.

Lisa Genova beautifully writes an engaging and deeply moving story that took me on a journey that I will never forget.  Genova compassionately reveals the private details – the symptoms, medications, side effects, equipment needed and family decisions that this devastating disease forces upon you.  It is not an easy read, but it is an important one. This book impacted me so deeply. Thank you Lisa Genova for writing this deeply touching and unforgettable book.

A big thank you to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Canada and Lisa Genova for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review! It was an absolute honour and pleasure to read this fantastic book!

3 thoughts on “Every Note Played by Lisa Genova @LisaGenova @SimonSchusterCA #BookReview #travelingsistersread

  1. Susanne S says:

    Wonderful reviews Sisters! Such a great sister read!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thank you so much, Susanne! I loved your review as well! I agree this was an awesome read and so glad we shared it together! 🙂


  2. Lindsay says:

    Such a powerful book! Loved reading this with you my lovely sisters!!! 🙂


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