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The Lucy Variations

Sara Zarr

In Zarr's (How to Save a Life 2011) latest work, 16-year-old Lucy Beck-Moreau has led a privileged life in San Francisco and has a promising future as a concert pianist. But after a family betrayal, she walks off the stage in Prague and refuses to perform ever again. She retreats into the shadows, letting her talented younger brother Gus take center stage. After the arrival of Will, Gus' vibrant new instructor, Lucy is inspired to re-examine herself and her decision to quit the piano. Will encourages her to find the fun in music again and as the two grow closer, Lucy wonders if Will has her best intentions at heart.