The Music Teacher (Hardcover)

By Barbara Hall

Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 9781565124639, 292pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2009

March 2009 Indie Next List

“Barbara Hall's story of a teacher and a violin prodigy is told with wit and resonance?for those musical or not. This would make a great book club read.”
— Dana Brigham, Brookline Booksmith, Brookline, MA
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In "The Music Teacher," a penetrating and richly entertaining look into the heart and mind of a woman who has failed both as an artist and as a wife, Barbara Hall, award-winning creator and writer of such hit television series as "Judging Amy" and "Joan of Arcadia," tells the story of a violinist who has accepted the limitations of her talent and looks for the casual satisfaction of trying to instill her passion for music in others. She gets more than she bargains for, however, when a young girl named Hallie enters her life. For here at last is the real thing: someone with the talent and potential to be truly great. In her drive to shape this young girl into the artist the teacher could never be, she makes one terrible mistake. As a result she is forced to reevaluate her whole life and come to terms with her future. Hall has crafted a thoroughly engrossing novel that examines the pitfalls of failure and holds up a mirror to the face of a culture that places success and achievement above all else.