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The Lucy Variations

by Sara Zarr

The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr
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  • First Published:
    May 2013, 320 pages
    Paperback:
    May 2014, 336 pages

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The Lucy Variations movingly explores one teen girl's coming to terms with the crushing weight of her family's expectations.

Sixteen-year-old Lucy Beck-Moreau is a has-been; or so she, her mother and grandfather believe. Once a famous child-prodigy concert pianist with a promising career ahead of her, she threw it all away by walking off stage at an important international competition in Prague after her grandmother's death left her feeling betrayed. Not wanting it to interfere with her performance, her family had kept the severity of her beloved grandmother's condition from Lucy. Now she won't touch the piano and the family shifts the intense focus to her talented ten-year-old brother, Gus.

But without the music that once consumed her every waking moment, Lucy doesn't know who she is or what makes her happy. She misses her grandmother, who always knew the right thing to say and was Lucy's quiet refuge from her tyrannical, patriarchal grandfather. And she misses playing, although she refuses to let on; she ...

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