The Music TeacherBook - 2009
In The Music Teacher, a penetrating and richly entertaining look into the heart and mind of a woman who has failed both as an artist and as a wife, Barbara Hall, award-winning creator and writer of such hit television series as Judging Amy and Joan of Arcadia, tells the story of a violinist who has accepted the limitations of her talent and looks for the casual satisfaction of trying to instill her passion for music in others. She gets more than she bargains for, however, when a young girl named Hallie enters her life. For here at last is the real thing: someone with the talent and potential to be truly great. In her drive to shape this young girl into the artist the teacher could never be, she makes one terrible mistake. As a result she is forced to reevaluate her whole life and come to terms with her future.
Hall has crafted a thoroughly engrossing novel that examines the pitfalls of failure and holds up a mirror to the face of a culture that places success and achievement above all else.
Baker & Taylor
Accepting the limitations of her musical ability, a violinist seeks fulfillment by instilling her passion for music in others, in which role she encounters Hallie, a young girl of prodigious talent, but in her goal to shape Hallie into the artist she cannot be, she makes a terrible mistake that forces her to reevaluate her entire life.
Blackwell North Amer
Forty-year-old Pearl Swain is a failure - at love and at music, and sometimes she even feels a failure at life. A recently divorced violin teacher working at a neighborhood music store, Pearl walks through life, exerting only enough effort to make it from one day to the next. That is, until Hallie Bolaris, a sullen teenager, enters the store with a violin and a perfect ear for music. For the first time in her life, Pearl is confronted with someone who is more than just talented: this girl has the potential to be truly great.
So when she becomes aware of an ugly secret having to do with Hallie's home life, Pearl, who will do anything in her power to ensure the girl's success, ignores the warning signs - and unwittingly puts her student in a position of grave danger. Faced with the inevitable day of reckoning, Pearl is forced to confront her own failures and to look at the ugly secrets of her own life.