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Emma BrockesIn the best tradition of the memoir, Perri Knize's Grand Obsession starts as a simple shopping expedition and ends in total existential collapse. It recounts the author's increasingly feverish addiction to the piano—first to buying one, then to getting the right sound out of it. It's a mark of her deftness that despite the esoteric subject matter, it reads at the pace of a mystery and the pitch of a love story. It is no small feat getting the reader to care about a problem that turns on words like "flanges" and "hammerless shanks," but Knize succeeds; by the end of the story, when Knize is told she "fell in love with an illusion," it has the weight of tragedy.
—The New York Times