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Publisher Description

A warm and intuitive portrait of the secret Paris—one closed to all but a knowing few—The Piano Shop on the Left Bank is the perfect book for music lovers, or for anyone who longs to recapture a lost passion.

Thad Carhart never realized there was a gap in his life until he happened upon Desforges Pianos, a demure little shopfront in his Pairs neighborhood that seemed to want to hide rather than advertise its wares. Like Alice in Wonderland, he found his attempts to gain entry rebuffed at every turn. An accidental introduction finally opened the door to the quartier’s oddest hangout, where locals—from university professors to pipefitters—gather on Friday evenings to discuss music, love, and life over a glass of wine.

Luc, the atelier’s master, proves an excellent guide to the history of this most gloriously impractical of instruments. A bewildering variety passes through his restorer’s hands: delicate ancient pianofortes, one perhaps the onetime possession of Beethoven. Great hulking beasts of thunderous voice. And the modest piano “with the heart of a lion” that was to become Thad’s own.

Arts & Entertainment
April 17
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Jerfish ,

Relaxing and lovely

Really a fantastic book to unwind with, this read will relax you while subtly informing you about different pianos, choosing a used piano, and falling in love with one. Wrapped in a lovely story of Paris, friendship, and French culture, I highly recommend this to piano enthusiasts, those interested in French culture, or just looking for a relaxing read.

Nancy the Reader ,

The Piano Shop on the Left Bank

I love music, all music. I especially loved this book! I found Carhart’s deep pursuit into pianos intriguing. The key, for me, was that music is his avocation. He not a professional.
That fact that it takes place in Paris only added to my pleasure.
I couldn’t put it down!

Avid Reader in AZ ,


As a child who loved opening the top of our family spinet, I was fascinated by the action of the hammers on the strings. I loved reading about the actual intricacies involved in making a piano "sing". Wonderfully written.

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