The Silver Swan

The Silver Swan

Elena Delbanco Paperback, 232 pages; 2015
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The titular "silver swan" in this graceful debut novel is a rare Stradivarius cello owned by acclaimed (fictional) musician Alexander Feldmann. When Alexander dies, his only child, Mariana - once a prodigy cellist who quit performing to care for her aging father - expects to inherit the exquisite and extremely valuable instrument. But the reading of his will reveals more than one shocking betrayal, including the infuriating news that the famous cello has been left to Claude, Alexander's star pupil. Angry and adrift, Mariana revisits memories of her imposing father, embarks upon a reckless affair with Claude, and struggles to give up possession of the magnificent Silver Swan. With a gripping, fast-paced plot and an intimate glimpse into the passionate world of professional musicians, The Silver Swan is a lyrical masterpiece. (AG)

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