The Distance Between Us

The Distance Between Us

Book - 2008
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At 71, Hester Parker lives alone in an elegant Victorian house. Her biting wit can't hide the bitterness that comes with loss - the loss of her career as a concert pianist, and of her renowned violinist husband, Arthur, who left her for another woman. The arrival of a lodger, Alex, helps her reconnect with the world outside - as well as exposing old memories and grief that she's long tried to bury. His presence, for one short month, leaves a surprising legacy of acceptance, comfort and hope for the future.
Publisher: New York : Kensington Books, c2008.
ISBN: 9780758226969
Branch Call Number: YATES B
Characteristics: 292 pages ; 24 cm.


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Jul 01, 2015

This is a heavy story about a concert pianist and family of classical musicians. There's lots of tension and drama between the characters. I was drawn in because I'm a classical singer and love classical music. It's hard to believe that it will have a positive resolve, but it does in the end and despite my resistance to the dark aspects of the characters and story, I enjoyed reading it.

I'm also from the state of Iowa and the author is living there, plus one of the significant characters is gay and that also drew me in. I was curious of the town where the author sets the story and it exists, but it's hardly worth noticing, so that part is true fiction.


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