Lucy Beck-Moreau once had a promising future as a concert pianist. The right people knew her name, her performances were booked months in advance, and her future seemed certain. That was all before she turned fourteen. Now, at sixteen, it's over. A death, and a betrayal, led her to walk away. That leaves her talented ten-year-old brother, Gus, to shoulder the full weight of the Beck-Moreau family expectations. Then Gus gets a new piano teacher who is young, kind, and interested in helping Lucy rekindle her love of piano-on her own terms. But when you're used to performing for sold-out audiences and world-famous critics, can you ever learn to play just for yourself? National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr takes listeners inside the exclusive world of privileged San Francisco families, top junior music competitions, and intense mentorships. The Lucy Variations is a story of one girl's struggle to reclaim her love of music and herself. It's about finding joy again, even when things don't go according to plan. Because life isn't a performance, and everyone deserves the chance to make a few mistakes along the way.
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"Sara Zarr exhibits both technical mastery and fluid artistry in her writing and narration. Lucy, age 16, was an internationally renowned pianist. She isn't anymore. Ultimately, Lucy must separate her own desires and aspirations from those of the people around her. Zarr's voice is relaxed and casual as she reads, varying her pace with the rhythm of the story. During escapades of teen mischief her tone is giddy, and her bubbly pace tumbles along beautifully. Her narration slows when Lucy's thoughts linger in moments of loss and longing, primarily the loss of her career and of her grandmother. In the audio production, one hears snatches of the music Lucy mentions--a definite enhancement. At the end, a delightful and eclectic collection of Lucy's songs is listed. A.M.P. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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