Daily Review: The White Piano by Uvi Poznansky
December 13, 2018
This story is one of passion, at times muted, and often confused but always there simmering between the lines.
Coming back to his childhood home after years of absence, Ben is unprepared for the secret, which is now revealed to him: his mother, Natasha, who used to be a brilliant pianist, is losing herself to a mysterious disease, which turns the way her mind works into a riddle.
His father’s new wife, Anita, looks remarkably similar to her—only much younger. Feeling isolated, being apart from love, how will Ben react to these marital affairs, when it is so tempting to resort to blame and guilt? “In our family, forgiveness is something you pray for, something you yearn to receive—but so seldom do you give it to others.”
Behind his father’s back, Ben and Anita find themselves increasingly drawn to each other. They take turns using an old tape recorder to express their most intimate thoughts, not realizing at first that their voices—his eloquent speech, her slang—are being caught by his father. What emerges in this family is a struggle, a desperate, daring struggle to find a path out of conflicts, out of isolation, from guilt to forgiveness.
Dealing with the challenging prospects of the marriage of opposites, this book can be read as a standalone novel as well as part of one of family sagas best sellers. “Still Life with Memories” is a family saga series tinged with family saga romance, fraught with marital issues, and riddled with the difficulty of connecting fathers and sons.
By B Nelson
As I stated in my review of “My Own Voice (Still Life with Memories Book 1),” Uvi Poznansky is a favorite author. It’s because she writes beautiful books.
She moves us as we feel the shame, the guilt, the desperate needs of the characters with whom we are immersed. This story is one of passion, at times muted, and often confused but always there simmering between the lines.
The White Piano (Still Life with Memories Book 2),” by Uvi Poznansky, continues and Anita is caught on tape. So much is caught . . . Highest recommendation. Five stars.
Uvi Poznansky is an accomplished author, poet, and artist, and any ink that flows from her pen is highly recommended reading. This work, The White Piano (Still Life with Memories Book 2), is no exception.
Captivating and commendable, this work had me immersed from the beginning. The story flowed from scene to scene with ease, and the author shows exceptional ability when it comes to storytelling. There are plenty of attention-grabbing moments in this page-turner that will take the reader on a truly mesmerizing journey!
It’s one of those books that come along occasionally that makes you want to read it non-stop until you get to the end. I’m giving nothing further away here. And this, I hope, will only add to the mystery and enjoyment for the reader. A well-deserved 5 stars and a highly recommended read.
By A Critical Reader
Pure artistry! This book blew me away. It is so powerful and emotional and extremely well-written. The author bio states that she paints with words, and that is a perfect description.
To be honest, I wasn’t crazy about Anita’s dialog, but I suppose it’s just the bad grammar that drives me nuts. However, that’s who she is, and it fits, but it makes me like her even less.
With that said, the author draws the reader into each character, and you can really understand where Ben and his father are coming from and why they each feel what they feel.
Even their mistakes and at times, peculiar behavior, entice you to read on and find out what happens next. And what happens next is never what you expect.
In short, the book deals with very deep issues and is incredibly moving. Wow- just… wow!
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