Fiction

Sight Reading by Daphne Kalotay (HarperCollins)

About the Book

Sight Reading is the enthralling second novel from Daphne Kalotay, set against the backdrop of the contemporary classical music world. As in her critically celebrated and award-winning debut Russian Winter, Kalotay probes the complexities and limits of artistic talent while unspooling a transportive story of marriage, family, and secrets.

On a Boston street one warm spring day, Hazel and Remy spot each other for the first time in years. Though their meeting might seem insignificant, Remy, a gifted violinist, is married to the composer Nicholas Elko—once the love of Hazel's life. It has been two decades since Remy, an ambitious conservatory student; Nicholas, a wunderkind on the cusp of success and its challenges; and the beautiful, fragile Hazel, first met. From Europe to America, from conservatory life to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, they have forged crisscrossing paths of thrills, doubts, wonders and betrayals, each discovering how the quest to create something real and true can lead to profound revelations.

An exquisite novel with a deeply poignant conclusion,Sight Reading is a perfectly calibrated, acutely observed narrative of love and ambition.

About the Author

Daphne Kalotay is the author of the award-winning novel Russian Winter, which has been published in twenty languages, and the fiction collection Calamity and Other Stories. She has received fellowships from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, MacDowell, and Yaddo, and has taught at Boston University, Skidmore College, Grub Street, and Middlebury College. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

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Jacket cover courtesy of Harper Collins. Author photo: Liz Linder.