"On a Boston street one warm spring day after a long New England winter, Hazel and Remy spot each other for the first time in years. Under ordinary circumstances, this meeting might seem insignificant. But 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, a conservatory student whose ambition may outstrip her talent; Nicholas, a wunderkind suddenly struggling with a masterwork he cannot fully realize; and his wife, beautiful and fragile Hazel, first came together and tipped their collective world on its axis. Over the decades, each has buried disappointments and betrayals that now threaten to undermine their happiness. But as their entwined stories unfold from 1987 to 2007, from Europe to America, from conservatory life to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, each will discover 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 the most personal of revelations, including the unearthing of secrets we keep, even from ourselves."
So far, this summer has been great for those in-depth, character-driven novels that I love. Sight Reading featured two characters that were so different, but had such focus on the same passion that it was easy to become completely entwined in each.
At the heart of the book is a complex love story, but it's so much more. It's music and travel and friendship. It's heartache and learning to live with choices. It's a heavy and complex read, but one I appreciated after a lot of lighter summer reading. Well-written and very well-developed.