the sound between the notes by barbara linn probst, 337 pp
women’s literary fiction
As a reader who owns the claim of not having a musical bone in my body, The Sound Between the Notes filled me with a desire to sit before the ebony and ivory keys to feel the beauty and majesty Probst’s main character, Susannah, finds when she poises her hands above those keys. Susannah’s story pulled me in from page one as she faced every challenge possible to thwart her dream of professionally re-entering a career in classical music: a crippling medical condition, demands of family responsibilities as part of the “sandwich generation”, lack of spousal support for her and questions around her selection of a musical score to perform. The Sound Between the Notes is a beautiful story of hopes and fears, doubts and courage, as women consider their second acts, which may well deserve an Encore.
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