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Sight Reading

On a Boston street, Hazel and Remy spot each other for the first time in years.  At first their brief meeting might seem insignificant, but in the past two decades their life paths have crisscrossed, diverged, and ultimately interlaced; Remy, a gifted violinist, is married to the composer Nicholas Elko—once the love of Hazel’s life.  It has been twenty years since Remy, an ambitious conservatory student; Nicholas, a wunderkind launching an international career; and the beautiful and fragile Hazel, first came together, tipping their collective world on its axis.


As their story unfolds, from Europe to America, from conservatory life to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Sight Reading explores the surprising ways in which the quest to create something real and true—be it a work of art or one’s own life—can lead to deeper personal revelations, including the secrets we keep, even from ourselves.

“What might have been simply the story of a man leaving his marriage for a younger woman blossoms into much more. …Kalotay celebrates art in general, even considering what it is and isn’t, in prose that is brisk and concise as well as sensuous and sumptuous. …A fictive musical and familial feast.” –Michele Leber, Booklist (starred review)



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DAPHNE KALOTAY is a citizen of both Canada and the U.S. She grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Vassar College before moving to Massachusetts to attend Boston University’s Creative Writing Program. She remained at BU to complete a PhD in Modern and Contemporary Literature and, with Saul Bellow as her advisor, wrote her doctoral dissertation on the works of Mavis Gallant. Her fiction collection, Calamity and Other Stories (Doubleday), was short listed for the 2005 Story Prize, and her debut novel, Russian Winter (HarperCollins), won the 2011 Writers’ League of Texas Fiction Prize, made the long list for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and has been published in 21 foreign editions. Currently co-president of the Boston chapter of the Women’s National Book Association, Daphne lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.