Piano Music for Four Hands by Roger Grenier

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Piano Music for Four Hands is a novel about music and love set against three generations of French history. At its center is a charming but melancholy pianist named Michel Mailhoc. Having survived a series of bungled love affairs and professional disappointments, he retreats to his family house in the Pyrenees. The bright spot in his life is his grandniece Emma, who becomes his prizewinning student. Struggling with his fervent desire for her success and the fear of losing her, Michel sends Emma into the world of international musical stardom that he has renounced for himself. The Mailhoc family saga, stretching from World War I to the turbulent 1960s, is full of sorrow, but the underlying melody remains tender and humorous. From the first sentence we feel curiously at home in Roger Grenier's intimate, precise, and musical writing.
 

About Roger Grenier

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Roger Grenier is a writer, journalist, and radio animator who is the author of nearly fifty novels, collections of short stories, and works of criticism, including The Difficulty of Being a Dog, also published by the University of Chicago Press and translated by Alice Kaplan, the John M. Musser Professor of French at Yale University. Kaplan is the author of several books, including French Lessons: A Memoir and Dreaming in French: The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis, both published by the University of Chicago Press.
 
Published April 1, 2001 by Bison Books. 153 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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A marvel of brevity, this superb 1991 novel by the French author of Another November (and many others as yet untranslated) encapsulates the fate of a small French village in the conflicted figure of Michel Mailhoc, a failed musician who teaches his young grandniece Emma to become the successful ...

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