- ISBN-13: 9780375758621
- ISBN-10: 0375758623
- Publisher: Random House Trade
- Publish Date: March 2002
- Page Count: 304
The Piano Shop on the Left Bank: Discovering a Forgotten Passion in a Paris Atelier
In this national bestseller, Carhart, an American expatriate raising his family in France, happens upon an old-fashioned piano repair shop in his Paris neighborhood - a discovery that revives his childhood passion for the instrument and ultimately changes his life. The shop, as it turns out, is a gathering place for a group of offbeat locals who meet regularly to gossip and discuss pianos with Luc, the proprietor. All this serves to rekindle Carhart's musical enthusiasm, and soon the author is taking lessons and immersing himself in the history and details of this complex instrument. At once personal and historical, Carhart's wonderful memoir is filled with unforgettable reflections on piano instructors past and present, as well as fascinating details on the making and tuning of the instrument. Meanwhile, as an expatriate, he offers a fresh look at the City of Light. A reading group guide is included in the book.