The Distance Between Us

The Distance Between Us

Book - 2008
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Hester Parker resides in an elegant Victorian house in the town of Bolton, Illinois. At seventy-one, she is as brilliant and sharp-tongued as ever, capable of inspiring her music students to soaring heights or reducing them to tears with a single comment. But her wit can't hide the bitterness that comes with loss--the loss of her renowned violinist husband, Arthur Donovan, who left her for another woman, and the loss of her career as a concert pianist after injuring her wrist. When Hester decides to rent out the attic apartment to Alex, a young college student, she has no idea of the impact he will have on her life and her family. Over the course of one remarkable month, Hester will confront angry accusations, long-hidden jealousies, and the inescapable truth that tore her family apart and might, against all odds, help reconcile them again.
Publisher: New York : Kensington Books, c2008.
ISBN: 9780758226969
Characteristics: 292 p. ;,24 cm.


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Jul 01, 2015

This is a heavy story about a concert pianist and family of classical musicians. There's lots of tension and drama between the characters. I was drawn in because I'm a classical singer and love classical music. It's hard to believe that it will have a positive resolve, but it does in the end and despite my resistance to the dark aspects of the characters and story, I enjoyed reading it.

I'm also from the state of Iowa and the author is living there, plus one of the significant characters is gay and that also drew me in. I was curious of the town where the author sets the story and it exists, but it's hardly worth noticing, so that part is true fiction.

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