The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr audiobook

The Lucy Variations

By Sara Zarr
Read by Sara Zarr

Little, Brown Young Readers 9780316205016
8.02 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9781619696822

Lucy Beck-Moreau once had a promising future as a concert pianist. The right people knew her name, her performances were booked months in advance, and her future seemed certain. That was all before she turned fourteen. Now, at sixteen, it's over. A death, and a betrayal, led her to walk away. That leaves her talented ten-year-old brother, Gus, to shoulder the full weight of the Beck-Moreau family expectations. Then Gus gets a new piano teacher who is young, kind, and interested in helping Lucy rekindle her love of piano -- on her own terms. But when you're used to performing for sold-out audiences and world-famous critics, can you ever learn to play just for yourself? National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr takes listeners inside the exclusive world of privileged San Francisco families, top junior music competitions, and intense mentorships. The Lucy Variations is a story of one girl's struggle to reclaim her love of music and herself. It's about finding joy again, even when things don't go according to plan. Because life isn't a performance, and everyone deserves the chance to make a few mistakes along the way.

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Summary

Summary

Lucy Beck-Moreau once had a promising future as a concert pianist. The right people knew her name, her performances were booked months in advance, and her future seemed certain.

That was all before she turned fourteen.

Now, at sixteen, it's over. A death, and a betrayal, led her to walk away. That leaves her talented ten-year-old brother, Gus, to shoulder the full weight of the Beck-Moreau family expectations. Then Gus gets a new piano teacher who is young, kind, and interested in helping Lucy rekindle her love of piano -- on her own terms. But when you're used to performing for sold-out audiences and world-famous critics, can you ever learn to play just for yourself?

National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr takes listeners inside the exclusive world of privileged San Francisco families, top junior music competitions, and intense mentorships. The Lucy Variations is a story of one girl's struggle to reclaim her love of music and herself. It's about finding joy again, even when things don't go according to plan. Because life isn't a performance, and everyone deserves the chance to make a few mistakes along the way.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The combination of sympathetic main character and unusual social and cultural world makes this satisfying coming-of-age story stand out.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Zarr doesn’t waste a word in this superb study of a young musical prodigy trying to reclaim her life…Lucy is a deeply real and sympathetic character, and that dimensionality extends to the rest of the cast. The pressures Lucy is under feels powerful, immediate, and true—her journey of self-discovery will strike a profound chord with readers.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Zarr really, truly gets inside her characters’ minds and shows us what makes them complex human beings—their faults, fears, and hopes…This is a mellifluous novel about rekindling joy—in music, in the everyday, and in the beauty around us.” Booklist (starred review)
“Exploring relationships is where Zarr soars…This strong coming-of-age story about music, passion, and the search for identity will appeal to longtime fans of Zarr’s work and newcomers alike.” School Library Journal (starred review)
* "Zarr's writing is remarkable. Booklist on Sweethearts, starred review
Impossible to put down...stays with you long after you've finished reading it."—John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska, on Story of a Girl

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Author Bio: Sara Zarr

Author Bio: Sara Zarr

Sara Zarr was raised in San Francisco, California, and now lives with her husband in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the author of How to Save a Life, What We Lost, Sweethearts, and the National Book Award finalist Story of a Girl.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 8.02
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English