The Secret by Anna Enquist

The Secret

Anna Enquist

The book has an elusive quality, and keeps you wondering right to the last what the secret actually is. But it's not a book to lift your spirits, quite the opposite in fact. Written with great insight - the author is a classically trained musician.

Extract

It was everyday work. Sit down, feel if the stool had the right height. You know that exactly, to the half-millimetre, there is no possible doubt about it. Still, during the course of the years she had changed the height of the stool more than once. Sitting high means power and a better overview, you can pound on the keys with heavy arms.

Parallels
  • A Life's Music by Andrei Makine
  • The Page Turner by David Leavitt