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Victoria Watson, “The Piano” review.

Heart-breaking and spell-binding, a pithy read of story-telling magnitude.

Some great descriptive prose here, “The Piano” is written with tremendous pathos. I was visually transported in this short-story through an intensely tragic journey told with sensitivity and a biting sting in the tale. Any reader without exception will relate to the social and contemporary themes and issues raised in this book about a father, husband and soon to be grandfather and concert pianist struck down with dementia. True tenderness is clearly represented within the father/daughter bond uttered with brevity. Family relationships are also brought to the forefront here skilfully within the narrative. “The Piano” is a must read for everyone. The heartfelt philosophical message and visual imagery, with the piano at the centre are particularly well expressed. The core prevailing reflections of family and personal tragedy are told with compassionate empathic simplicity. Raw, real and tragic – a contemporary short-story masterpiece.

About Geraldine Ward

Geraldine Ward has been writing and performing various forms of poetry and prose from an early age, and is a regular contributor at the London Farrago Poetry Slam nights. She has published a number of books including the "Now" collection, and has featured in other publications including Katie Metcalfe's "Beautiful Scruffiness" series of magazines.

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