By Stephen Orr

Dissonance' starts with piano perform. Fifteen-year-old Erwin Hergert is compelled to take on scales and stories for 6 hours an afternoon by means of his mom, Madge, who's decided to supply Australia's first nice pianist. to aid Erwin concentration, Madge has exiled her husband, Johann, to the again shed. Jo is clinically determined with melanoma and Madge permits him again inside of, yet just for lengthy sufficient to die. Madge takes Erwin to Hamburg to proceed his stories. Erwin thrives in Germany together with his new instructor till he meets a neighbour, sixteen-year-old Luise, and unearths there is extra to lifestyles than tune. in the meantime, Germany is relocating in the direction of battle. overdue Thirties Hamburg types the backdrop to an more and more tough love-triangle, as Erwin is torn among the piano, Luise, and the calls for of his love and devotion to his mom. quickly the bombs, actual and imagined, commence falling. Marriage and parenthood collapse to demise, and tragedy. prior to lengthy Erwin and Madge are drawn into the horrors of a conflict that leaves little time for tune. 'Dissonance' is a re-imagining of the 'Frankfurt years' of Rose and Percy Grainger. it is a novel approximately love in a single of its such a lot severe and damaging varieties, and the way humans try and live to tell the tale the specter of possession.

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