KBACH/ Changing Hands Bookstore "Book Notes" For May, 2017

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Sonata: A Memoir of Pain and the Piano


By Andrea Avery

Andrea Avery
Sonata: A Memoir of Pain and the Piano


Local debut author Andrea Avery shares her memoir that weaves chronic illness and classical music into a raw, inspiring tale of grace and determination. 

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, 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.

ANDREA AVERY holds an MFA from Arizona State University and teaches English in Phoenix. Her short pieces have been published in Real Simple, Ploughshares, and The Oxford American, among others, and she was a finalist in Glamour magazine's annual essay contest. This is her first book.