Lost Pianos of Siberia
Publisher: Grove Press
A fascinating look at a new facet of Siberia, a region that has long captivated the interest and imagination of people around the world. Roberts expertly uses her quest for a Siberian piano as a framework for the gripping history of the region, and of music in Russia. Music, and pianos specifically, were expressly used by Catherine the Great to westernize Russia, and thus have played an important role in the complex identity of the country straddling two continents. For readers of Ian Frazier’s Travels in Siberia (ISBN 9780374278724; Macmillan; 10/2010; $30.00; 25,784 sold). Sophy Roberts is a frequent contributor to the Financial Times and Conde Nast Traveler. She previously worked as the Editor-at-Large for the US edition of Departures, and has written articles for the Wall Street Journal, the Times (UK), Telegraph, Vanity Fair, Architectural Digest, House & Garden, Christies, Porter, Harper's Bazaar, and more. Because of her work, she has extensive media relationships in the U.S. The Lost Pianos of Siberia is being published in February 2020 by Transworld (UK). Transworld is pursuing a variety of blurbs. Paul Theroux, Helen Rappaport, and Levison Wood have already agreed to blurb.