The Cellist

The Cellist


A piercing meditation on love and music, and the silence and inscrutability which underpins the performance of each. Luc has lived a long time as a soloist. She has not seen Billy for many years.

A visit to a major show of his sculptures sends her arrowing back to a younger version of herself: to a time when she had to make room to love him when she'd felt no room within herself. To a time when she was forced to make a choice between being one thing or another. To a time when he was a sculptor, but she was not yet a cellist.

In exquisite and crystalline prose, The Cellist explores how you might make room for beauty and mastery for yourself, and still leave space for someone else. It asks what love and companionship costs: what happens when you are forced to cast yourself in the distorting light of another person's needs?
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Jennifer Atkins is a writer from London, where she is currently based. Her fiction has been published by The White Review, and she has written for The World of Interiors on the hidden history of women’s domestic manuscripts. She has worked as both a bookseller and a script reader. Her debut novel, The Cellist, was published by Peninsula Press in 2022.2022

Adult Fiction

Modern Fiction and Literary Fiction

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