Private Lessons by Cynthia Salaysay

Private Lessons by Cynthia Salaysay

After seventeen-year-old Claire Alalay’s father’s death, only music has helped her channel her grief. Claire likes herself best when she plays his old piano, a welcome escape from the sadness — and her traditional Filipino mother’s prayer groups. In the hopes of earning a college scholarship, Claire auditions for Paul Avon, a prominent piano teacher, who agrees to take Claire as a pupil. Soon Claire loses herself in Paul’s world and his way of digging into a composition’s emotional core. She pra… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Statutory rape, on-page
  • Paedophilia & grooming
  • Teacher-student relationship
  • Emotional & verbal abuse
  • Depression
  • Self-harm
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Smoking
  • Death of a parent from cancer
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