Review: The Piano Maker by Kurt Palka – ISBN 9780771071287

Review: The Piano Maker by Kurt Palka – ISBN 9780771071287

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Title: The Piano Maker
Author: Kurt Palka
ISBN: 9780771071287
Price: $22.95
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Review by Bobbi Zahra

Kurt Palka’s storytelling has been compared, with good reason, to that of both Irène Némirovsky and Bernhard Schlink. The career journalist and occasional filmmaker has published six novels, most of which are out of print (thanks in part to a rather large time gap between his earlier novels and his present work).

In The Piano Maker, he tells two stories. The first one has fairly improbable elements: a French gentlewoman learns to lead a team of sled dogs to go on a treasure hunt with an opportunistic thief who would like to be –  but is not – her lover.

His second tale follows the same woman, Hélène Giroux, on her journey from Montréal, where she fled with her daughter after the Second World War,  to small-town Nova Scotia, where she hopes finally to find some measure of peace.

The story of the dog team is riveting, and Palka paints a vivid picture of a challenge that too quickly turns to desperation.

Palka’s story of his protagonist’s eventual move to Nova Scotia is equally gripping, but in a more subtle way. He captures many of the nuances of life in a small town and gives readers another reason to curl up with a good book.

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