Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The White Piano by Uvi Poznansky (Still Life with Memories Book 2)

The White Piano
by Uvi Poznansky

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Still Life with Memories - Book 2
Publication Date: August 31, 2015
Publisher: Uvi Poznansky
ISBN: 151704944X
Genre: Adult Fiction
Print Length: 191 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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 early-onset Alzheimer’s, which turns the way her mind works into a riddle. His father has remarried, and his new wife, Anita, looks remarkably similar to Natasha—only much younger. In this state of being isolated, being apart from love, how will Ben react 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 are being captured by him. These tapes, with his eloquent speech and her slang, reveal the story from two opposite viewpoints. 

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.  

The White Piano by Uvi Poznansky
(Still Life with Memories Book 2)

The White PianoEvery author imprints a piece of themselves into their work, some have souls that sing, dance, and shout, some are more sedate and their words flow onto each page as they take you soaring to the heights and send you plummeting to the ground. Uvi Poznansky is in the latter group and The White Piano is a wonderful example of her ability to bring words to life, steeped in emotion and meaning.

Family, no matter how close or distant one is to their family, that unit is still home base, a starting point to journey out into the world. There comes a time to come full circle, return to the nest and give back what you have been given, to discover answers to questions you didn’t know to ask, to accept what is.

Ben has returned home, a place he left behind long ago. Follow the story of Ben, his elderly father Lenny, and the young woman, Anita, who has replaced Ben’s mother in his father’s heart, or has she? Natasha was a gifted artist whose vitality was stolen by Alzheimers at a young age. Through young Ben’s eyes, he fails to see her decline, blaming it on his father. The Ben who returns will discover truths behind the stories he was told and find that family is what you make of it and while bonds can be altered, they never truly break.

Uvi Poznansky brings each character to life through their alternating voices, as she allows each to tell their side of the events of the past. Ben, reserved and polished must deal with revelations he never understood. Anita, an earthy young woman lacks refinement, but knows how to cut to the heart of a tale, without flowery prose. Then there is Lenny, older, wiser and weaker as he reveals the depths of his actions without fanfare and with a heavy heart.

Savor this tale, savor the words of Uvi Poznansky and fall under the spell of her unique way of breathing life into her words. Ms. Poznansky is an artist who transcends genre labels to give us brilliant writing with universal appeal and heart.

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