Chris Cander’s The Weight of a Piano explores characters with passionate attachments to things that have been lost. Their sense of loss shapes their selfhood. Chris Cander says one must accept the condition of being lost, and look carefully at uncomfortable things, to find truth in oneself. The Weight of a Piano is the story of a Blüthner piano traveling through a couple generations of owners who don’t play it, but worship it. It is a fantastic novel that ends on a dawning sense of realistic possibility.