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Private Lessons Audiobook
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Private Lessons Audiobook



by Cynthia Salaysay

  • Narrated by: Joy Regullano
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Release date: 05-12-20
  • Language: English


In a standout debut for the #MeToo era, a young pianist devotes herself to her art – and to the demanding, charismatic teacher she idolizes.

After seventeen-year-old Claire Alalay’s father’s death, only music has helped her channel her grief. Claire likes herself best when she plays his old piano, a welcome escape from the sadness – and her traditional Filipino mother’s prayer groups. In the hopes of earning a college scholarship, Claire auditions for Paul Avon, a prominent piano teacher, who agrees to take Claire as a pupil. Soon Claire loses herself in Paul’s world and his way of digging into a composition’s emotional core. She practices constantly, foregoing a social life, but no matter how hard she works or how well she plays, it seems impossible to gain Paul’s approval, let alone his affection. Author Cynthia Salaysay composes a moving, beautifully written portrait of rigorous perfectionism, sexual awakening, and the challenges of self-acceptance. Timely and vital, Private Lessons delves into a complicated student/teacher relationship, as well as class and cultural differences, with honesty and grace.

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Cynthia Salaysay




7 hrs and 23 mins

Narrated by

Joy Regullano

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