Fiction, First Looks, Long Fiction

First Look: The Gustav Sonata

26127593“Fierce, astringent, profoundly tender, Rose Tremain’s beautifully orchestrated novel asks the question, what does it do to a person, or to a country, to pursue an eternal quest for neutrality, and self-mastery, while all life’s hopes and passions continually press upon the borders and beat upon the gate.”

A book about what it means to be neutral in times of injustice? I put this book on my reading list on November 10th of last year. I had originally intended to read it during the week of the inauguration, but it had 30+ holds on it in my public library system.  Reading it a few months late doesn’t take away any of my desire to read what I’m hoping is a cautionary and emotional tale.