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Sonata
by Andrea Avery




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Andrea, already a promising and ambitious classical pianist at twelve, was diagnosed with a severe case of rheumatoid arthritis that threatened not just her musical aspirations but her ability to live a normal life. As Andrea navigates the pain and frustration of coping with RA alongside the usual travails of puberty, college, sex, and just growing-up, she turns to music--specifically Franz Schubert's sonata in B-flat D960, and the one-armed pianist Paul Wittgenstein for strength and inspiration. The heartbreaking story of this mysterious sonata--Schubert's last, and his most elusive and haunting--is the soundtrack of Andrea's story. Sonata is a coming of age story that explores a "Janus-head miracle"--Andrea's extraordinary talent and even more extraordinary illness--in a manner, reminiscent of Brain on Fire and Poster Child. Like the goshawk becomes a source of both devotion and frustration for Helen Macdonald in H Is for Hawk, so the piano comes to represent both struggle and salvation for Andrea in this extraordinary debut.

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Andrea, already a promising and ambitious classical pianist at twelve, was diagnosed with a severe case of rheumatoid arthritis that threatened not just her musical aspirations but her ability to live a normal life. As Andrea navigates the pain and frustration of coping with RA alongside the usual travails of puberty, college, sex, and just growing-up, she turns to music--specifically Franz Schubert's sonata in B-flat D960, and the one-armed pianist Paul Wittgenstein for strength and inspiration. The heartbreaking story of this mysterious sonata--Schubert's last, and his most elusive and haunting--is the soundtrack of Andrea's story. Sonata is a coming of age story that explores a "Janus-head miracle"--Andrea's extraordinary talent and even more extraordinary illness--in a manner, reminiscent of Brain on Fire and Poster Child. Like the goshawk becomes a source of both devotion and frustration for Helen Macdonald in H Is for Hawk, so the piano comes to represent both struggle and salvation for Andrea in this extraordinary debut.


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  • ISBN-13: 9781681777795
  • ISBN-10: 1681777797
  • Publisher: Pegasus Books
  • Publish Date: August 2018
  • Page Count: 336
  • Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 pounds


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