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SOLVED: Adult Fiction > SOLVED. 2 Different books with pianists as main characters [s]

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message 1: by Cathrine (last edited Feb 17, 2010 11:13AM) (new) - added it

Cathrine (cathrine_bock) These are 2 different books, each with a pianist as the main character.

Book # 1: SOLVED!
A young boy living in an urban setting was walking down the sidewalk and heard piano music coming from a basement. I believe he sort of became a prodigy, mainly playing jazz. The book skips to age 15 (?) and he goes to a music camp, loses his virginity, etc. That's all I can remember.

Book #2: Unsolved
A college-aged girl is a professional pianist. She has to go to a practice room every day to practice for a performance. She somehow becomes pregnant I think. Sorry I can't remember more.

I thought that one of these books was titled "Heart and Soul," and I tried sifting through search results with no success. If anyone has some ideas on what these two books could be, I would really appreciate it. Thanks!


message 2: by Anna (new)

Anna | 207 comments Pretty sure that #1 is Body and Soul by Frank Conroy.


message 3: by Cathrine (new) - added it

Cathrine (cathrine_bock) Yes, that's it! Thanks so much!


message 4: by Cathy (new)

Cathy | 108 comments There's a YA book from the '70s called Growing Up in a Hurry, about a girl who's a dedicated concert flutist and gets pregnant. Could that possibly be your second book?


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Cathrine (cathrine_bock) Cathy wrote: "There's a YA book from the '70s called Growing Up in a Hurry, about a girl who's a dedicated concert flutist and gets pregnant. Could that possibly be your second book?"

Hmm... no I don't think that's it. I think it was probably written in the 90's and I'm pretty sure that the girl is out of high school.


message 6: by HeavyReader (new)

HeavyReader | 450 comments I added Body and Soul to the group's bookshelf.


message 7: by kvon (new)

kvon | 56 comments Could #2 be The Small Rain by Madeline L'Engle? "Katherine Forrester, the daughter of distinguished musical artists, whose career as a concert pianist evolves through loves and losses. Katherine is a child growing up in a refined, yet bohemian, artistic ambience--theatrical as well as musical."


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