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The Pianist in the Dark - Michele Halberstadt Grade: C-LOVED the premise, but unfortunately the storytelling was really lacking - awkward POV changes, strange and inconsistent verb tense choices (I almost DNFed by chapter two), and a whole lot of telling instead of showing.Rather than allow the amazing character of Maria Theresia to tell her own story, the author veered between dry historical recitations and long philosophical monologues. A few truly emotional scenes, like the confrontation with an opposing physician and brief moment during a Paris concert at the end of the book, redeemed this story slightly, but not enough recommend it.