Private Lessons

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Private Lessons
Written by Cynthia Salaysay
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ISBN-13: 9781536209600
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Private Lessons

author: Cynthia Salaysay

After seventeen-year-old Claire Alalayís father's death, only music has helped her channel her grief. Claire likes herself best when she plays his old piano, a welcome escape from the sadness ó and her traditional Filipino motherís prayer groups. In the hopes of earning a college scholarship, Claire auditions for Paul Avon, a prominent piano teacher, who agrees to take Claire as a pupil. Soon Claire loses herself in Paulís world and his way of digging into a compositionís emotional core. She practices constantly, foregoing a social life, but no matter how hard she works or how well she plays, it seems impossible to gain Paulís approval, let alone his affection. Author Cynthia Salaysay composes a moving, beautifully written portrait of rigorous perfectionism, sexual awakening, and the challenges of self-acceptance. Timely and vital, Private Lessons delves into a complicated student/teacher relationship, as well as class and cultural differences, with honesty and grace.

In a standout debut for the #MeToo era, a young pianist devotes herself to her art ó and to the demanding, charismatic teacher she idolizes.
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1536209600 /  9781536209600
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Young Adult Fiction / Hardback
age range:
14 yrs and up
# of pages/size:
320 / 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
grade range:
Grade 9 and up
Asian American & Pacific Islander; Performing Arts; Social Themes;
author’s comments:
Cynthia Salaysay holds a bachelorís degree in English from University of California, Berkeley, and has workshopped her fiction at Tin House. She has written food and culture articles for the San Francisco Examiner, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, the East Bay Express, and Civil Eats. Currently, she works as a Reiki practitioner and an operating-room nurse in Oakland, California. This is her first novel.
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