Broken Chords

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Boyds Mills Press, Aug 1, 2007 - Juvenile Fiction - 188 pages
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At seventeen, Clara Lorenzo seems to have everything--brains, beauty, and an extraordinary talent for the piano. Her parents have provided her with the finest teacher and rearranged their lives to nurture Clara's genius, and Clara has worked hard--to the point of obsession--to develop her talent. But Clara's many gifts and her obsessive practicing have hidden the truth, a truth so startling that it takes an important piano competition, the confusions of first love, and a mysterious Russian folktale for Clara to begin to understand. By the time she fully sees her predicament, events have taken on a powerful momentum of their own. Winner of the Oklahoma Book Award, Broken Chords is a romance acted out in the highly charged world of an internationally renowned piano competition. Told with suspense, artistry, and an appreciation of the ever-tightening pressures that hold Clara captive, Barbara Snow Gilbert weaves the themes of self-awareness, family bonds, and courage in a classic coming-of-age story that is as lyrical as the music at its heart.
 

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BROKEN CHORDS

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Gilbert (Stone Water, 1996, etc.) writes sympathetically about a musical prodigy who yearns to be a normal teenager; a story that could have easily fallen to clichÇ becomes a penetrating study of the ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
11
Section 2
32
Section 3
37
Section 4
40
Section 5
45
Section 6
56
Section 7
63
Section 8
71
Section 10
86
Section 11
96
Section 12
105
Section 13
119
Section 14
123
Section 15
172
Section 16
180
Copyright

Section 9
83

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Barbara Snow Gilbert is an attorney, mediator, and award-winning author. Her first novel, Stone Water, won the Oklahoma Book Award and was named a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. Her novel Paper Trail earned similar acclaim. Ms. Gilbert lives in Oklahoma City.

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