Private Lessons
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Private Lessons

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In a standout debut for the #MeToo era, a young pianist devotes herself to her art -- and to the demanding, charismatic teacher she idolizes.

After seventeen-year-old Claire Alalay's father's death, only music has helped her channel her grief. Claire likes herself best when she plays his old piano, a welcome escape from the sadness -- and her traditional Filipino mother's prayer groups. In the hopes of earning a college scholarship, Claire auditions for Paul Avon, a prominent piano teacher, who agrees to take Claire as a pupil. Soon Claire loses herself in Paul's world and his way of digging into a composition's emotional core. She practices constantly, foregoing a social life, but no matter how hard she works or how well she plays, it seems impossible to gain Paul's approval, let alone his affection. Author Cynthia Salaysay composes a moving, beautifully written portrait of rigorous perfectionism, sexual awakening, and the challenges of self-acceptance. Timely and vital, Private Lessons delves into a complicated student/teacher relationship, as well as class and cultural differences, with honesty and grace.
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Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 139.7 x 172.72 x 17.78mm | 217.72g
  • Brilliance Audio
  • Grand Haven, United States
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged edition
  • 1799767884
  • 9781799767886

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272 ratings
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4 25% (69)
3 28% (75)
2 18% (48)
1 5% (14)
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