Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Piano Teacher by: Janice Y.K. Lee

The Piano Teacher is about a young woman from England who marries and moves to Hong Kong with her husband because of his job. She finds work as a piano teacher to a girl named Locket Chen, who parents have a fairly good standing in their society. As Claire continues to teach this young girl, she meets and soon begins an affair with their driver, Will Truesdale. Claire unwittingly finds herself stuck in the middle of Will's past, and as she continues the affair, she finds herself changing into a woman she never knew she could be.

I really enjoyed The Piano Teacher, it was an easy read. The alternate time periods (one was 1942 and one was 1952) and the changing of the character points of view really worked for this story, I liked going into the Will and Trudy storyline, and then the storyline with Claire and Will. Out of the three main characters, I really connected with Trudy, even though we never saw her own point of view. I really enjoyed her character. Will was an enjoyable character to read, also. Claire was the only character I had a hard time connecting with and liking.

It was well written, albeit a little slow in some places. The descriptions were good, and the emotion of the story really showed (especially during Will's point of view).

Overall, I'd give it a 8/10

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