Grand Obsession: A Piano Odyssey  -     By: Perri Knize
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Grand Obsession: A Piano Odyssey

Simon & Schuster / 2009 / Paperback

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.44 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0743276396
ISBN-13: 9780743276399
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Publisher's Description

Now available in paperback, the critically acclaimed, “lyrical, analytical, yet deeply affecting” (The Washington Post) memoir about one woman’s obsessive search for the perfect piano— and about finding and pursu- ing passion at any age.

 The  daughter  of  a  pro- fessional musician, Perri Knize  was  raised  in  a home   saturated   in   classical music, but it wasn’t until adult- hood  that  she  returned  to  the one  instrument  that  mesmer- ized her most: the piano. When, in  her  forties,  Perri  decides  to buy a piano of her own, she begins by searching for a modestly priced upright, but falls madly, illogically, in love with a rare German grand she discovers in a New York showroom.  After a long dalliance, Knize refinances her house to purchase her piano and has the instru- ment shipped to Montana. But when it arrives, the magical sound that enthralled her is gone, and the tone is dead and dull. One piano tuner  after another arrives to fix it, but no one can.

Knize sets out on an epic journey to restore the instru- ment to its rightful sound and to understand its elusive power. This quest leads her into an international subculture of piano aficionados, all intrigu- ing and eccentric characters— concert artists, dealers, tech- nicians, composers, designers, and builders—whose lives have been transformed by the spell of a piano. She even hikes into the Austrian Alps to learn how the special trees used to build her piano are grown and harvested.

Beautifully composed, passionately told, Grand Obsession is itself a musical masterpiece— and will resonate with anyone who has ever expe- rienced deeply passionate desire.

Author Bio

Perri Knize is an award-winning environmental policy reporter whose articles and essays have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Audubon, Sports Illustrated, Condé Nast Traveler, and Outside. She lives with her husband in Montana.

Editorial Reviews

"Knize...explores the nature of music and its ability to touch us."

-- The Los Angeles Times
"...a memoir about passion and ephemerality with lasting elegance and grace."

-- Washington Post
"Reading this book, you want to go out...and learn the piano, or at least visit a shop and stroke one."

-- The New York Times Book Review
"For me, Grand Obsession was intimately powerful: It changed the way I look at the world."

-- The Missoula Independent
"[Written] in a wonderfully evocative, lushly romantic style...music lovers will resonate to...[Knize's]...pursuit of a gorgeous sound."

-- Publishers Weekly
"A well-written, heartfelt, classy paean to a singular instrument."

-- Kirkus Reviews
"I was hooked from the first page....this book travels beyond the sphere of mere music."

-- The Buffalo News
"Knize has crafted a poetic tribute to the piano...Warmly recommended for all collections."

-- Library Journal

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