Now a high school English teacher in Phoenix, Arizona, Andrea Avery, author of Sonata: A Memoir of Pain and the Piano, was a promising classical pianist before her diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis at age 12. The progressive and debilitating nature of the disease forced her to renegotiate not only her love of the piano and her dreams of a musical life, but also her very identity and her relationship to her "mutinying" body. Her book depicts a young woman coming of age with lifelong chronic illness and insisting on a creative, artistically fulfilling life. In this session, Andrea will offer a short reading from Sonata followed by an informal Q&A. We hope you can join us!