A San Francisco Chronicle , San Jose Mercury News , and Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year "A gripping and resonant novel. . . . It immerses the reader in a distant world with startling immediacy and ardor. Read more...
A San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, and Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year "A gripping and resonant novel. . . . It immerses the reader in a distant world with startling immediacy and ardor. . . . Riveting." --Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times In 1886 a shy, middle-aged piano tuner named Edgar Drake receives an unusual commission from the British War Office: to travel to the remote jungles of northeast Burma and there repair a rare piano belonging to an eccentric army surgeon who has proven mysteriously indispensable to the imperial design. From this irresistible beginning, The Piano Tuner launches readers into a world of seductive, vibrantly rendered characters, and enmeshes them in an unbreakable spell of storytelling.
The Piano Tuner
The year is 1886, and England is at the height of its colonial power. On assignment for the British War Office, Edgar Drake, an unassuming, introverted tuner of pianos, is sent to India to work on a valuable instrument. In Burma, he befriends the owner of the piano, Surgeon-Major Anthony Carroll, who maintains peace with the natives by offering them free medical care andof all thingsmusic. Drake is soon taken with India and reluctant to leave, but his involvement in a political plot engineered by Carroll has disastrous results. Mason's debut novel is ambitious and fascinating, a smart exploration of the transformative effects of travel, as well as the dangers of colonization. A reading group guide is available in print and online at www.vintagebooks.com/read.