“Shine is a triumphant story, rich in accessible but not overdone emotions. In many ways, it’s a throwback to the best kinds of Hollywood movies, able to move a mass audience without insulting it, which is why it created so much excitement in the first place.”Los Angeles Times
978-0-8021-3508-7 • $12.00 • Paperback • Dec. 1996
Shine is the true story of David Helfgott, a brilliant pianist whose musical gift is nearly compromised by the emotional strain of his personal life. A child prodigy whose interpretive genius promised a brilliant career as a concert pianist, David grew up under the tyrannical parenting of his father. Their turbulent relationship almost destroys David’s promise and threatens his fragile mental balance.
When an unlikely romance with a remarkable woman brings stability to David’s chaotic world, he returns to concert performance in triumph. Freed from the difficult legacy of his father’s influence, his musical talent prevails.