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Nancy Notes - July 2, 2009

"The Piano Teacher", by Janice Y.K. Lee, "The Second Opinion" by Michael Palmer, "Still Life" by Joy Fielding, Movie of My Sister's Keeper.

Nancy's notes

Our computers were on strike this week. This is my second attempt to write an article.  The first is off in cyber-space somewhere.  I'm sure it was the best article I ever wrote.  So here we go with a whole new batch of books.


On the best sellers list for several weeks is, "The Piano Teacher", by Janice Y.K. Lee.  The story begins in 1942 when Will Truesdale arrives in Hong Kong.  He immediately falls  into a relationship with Trudy Liang, an Eurasian socialite.  Their love affair is soon threatened by the invasion of the Japanese, with terrible consequences for both of them and for members of their community, who will betray one another in the darkest days of the war.  Ten years later, Claire Pendleton comes to Hong Kong and is hired by the wealthy Chen family as their daughter's piano teacher. Claire is seduced by the colony's social life, only to discover that her lover's demeanor hides a devastating past. 


Michael Palmer's, "The Second Opinion", leaves readers wondering how much trust they have in those who have your whole your life in their hands.  Dr. Thea Sperelakis has always benn an outsider. She has a brilliant medical mind and an uncanny ability to recall details. her difficulty comes in dealing with hidden agendas and interpersonal conflicts, all of which have cased her to leave her work at the hospital in order to work with the poor.Her father, Petors, is one of the most celebrated internal medicine specialists in the world. when Petros is severly injured by a hit-and-run driver, no one thinks he will survive. Two of Petros's other children, both physicians, battle Thea and their brother by demanding that treatment for their father be withheld. Meanwhile, Petros lingers in the
intensive care unit, where Thea is his only advocate.


Suspense readers will enjoy "Still Life", by Joy Fielding. The owner of a successful interior design business, Casey Marshall couldn't be more content with her life, until a car slams into her, breaking nearly every bone in her body. Lying in a coma, Casey realizes that although she is unable to see or communicate, she can hear everything. She quickly discovers that her friends aren't necessarily the people she thought them to be and that her accident might not have been an accident at all. 

I was just catching up on my gossip fix by reading "People Magazine".  The review was in for the movie "My Sister's Keeper". They gave it a low rating while the "Des Moines Register" gave it a good rating, go figure. This is based on one of my favorite books by Jodi Picoult. I have told patrons who come in and check out the book that I bet they would change the ending, which was half of the reason I liked this book so much. I was correct, the magazine article said it was quite loosely based on the book and the ending was changed.  I assume that means it has a happy ending. Any reader of Picoult knows her stories never end happily but they are always a surprise.  My opinion is that a different ending will dilute the story, however I plan on seeing the film.


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