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The music teacher : a novel
Hall, Barbara
Adult Fiction HALL

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From Publishers' Weekly:

It's High Fidelity for the orchestra set in this slim, assured drama. Among the clerks and instructors of McCoy's music store is Pearl Swain, a recently divorced violin instructor and almost a great violinist who spends most of her time mourning her perceived failures--her marriage, her musical career and her various relationships. But when Pearl meets Hallie Bolaris, a promising young musician with a troubled history, she recognizes in her young student a natural ear, and soon Pearl convinces herself that Hallie is the world's next violin prodigy. She immediately hatches a plan to mentor and train Hallie for the life she herself never had, but Pearl's interest in her favored student soon diverges from her musical training and builds toward a more disheartening climax. Hall, who wrote for television shows Judging Amy and Joan of Arcadia, doesn't shy away from the sour notes of lost dreams, failed careers and misguided intentions, and her novel, despite its heavier than necessary dose of navel-gazing, rings true because of it. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

In this compelling novel, Hall, the author of several previous novels and the writer and producer of television shows like Judging Amy and Joan of Arcadia, turns her quirky eye to Pearl Swain. Pearl is struggling to get past a failed marriage and a disappointing career as a musician. When she is assigned to give violin lessons to a gifted but troubled young woman, she finds herself caught up in her student's life. The aftermath of their interactions shakes up Pearl's own future. Hall's portrait of these characters is full of humor and heartbreak, as their unconventional lives take unexpected turns. The debates held by employees of a music store especially ring true. Highly recommended for all fiction collections.-Alicia Korenman, Florida State Univ., Tallahassee (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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