My Piano Hands: A Flash Memoir Collection
The stories, poems, and musical pieces in My Piano Hands share the author’s journey to understand why she was born able to play piano by ear. Given up for adoption as a baby, the writer grew up searching for answers and wondering whether something was expected in return for her undeserved talent. This touching flash-memoir collection takes her reader through a life bridging a 1950s childhood and COVID-19 adulthood with themes paired wistfully, but mostly irreverently and philosophically with things like tuna fish sandwiches, a Parisian summer, and an impractical old white sofa that knows all and reveals nothing.
The journey is arranged in ‘octave’ chapters and ends with an original musical composition, “Coronavirus.” The book’s title comes from the author’s poem “Piano Hands,” published in the 111-year-old California Writers Club’s West Winds Centennial ©2010.
About Kathryn Atkins (Orange County, California Author)
Kathryn is married, has two grown sons, and works hard to inspire fellow writers through the non-profit California Writers Club. Her writing has been published in the club’s commemorative 100-year collection West Winds Centennial, ©2010, in two issues of the club’s Literary Review, and in print editions of many newspapers and magazines as well as in numerous online venues including the Huffington Post.