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By Joanne Lipman, Melanie Kupchynsky

STRINGS ATTACHED is a robust memoir approximately resilience within the face of unspeakable tragedy, an inspiring and poignant story of the way one guy remodeled his personal heartache right into a legacy of pleasure for his students.

His scholars knew Jerry Kupchynsky as "Mr. ok" - the fierce, foot-stomping Ukrainian-born song instructor who rehearsed them till their palms virtually bled, and who made them higher than they'd any correct to be. clear of the study room, although, existence looked as if it would conspire opposed to him at each flip. STRINGS ATTACHED takes you on his impressive trip, from his formative years at the run in Nazi Germany, to his existence in the United States taking good care of his disabled spouse and their younger daughters, to his look for his more youthful daughter after she mysteriously disappears - a seek that will final for seven years. 

His unforgettable tale is lyrically advised in alternating chapters by way of adolescence buddies who reconnected many years later: journalist Joanne Lipman, his former pupil; and Chicago Symphony Orchestra violinist Melanie Kupchynsky, his daughter.

Heartbreaking but eventually victorious, STRINGS ATTACHED is a testomony to the wonderful energy of desire -- and a party of the profound impact one individual could have at the lives of others.

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His scholars, no matter if consciously or now not, took him at his note. “Discipline. Self-confidence. Resilience. those are lifelong lessons,” as one among his outdated scholars informed us. “Whether we caught with the tune or no longer, it caught with us. ” Mr. okay was once certainly the hardest instructor we ever met. yet his legacy is facts that one individual could make the entire distinction. And that legacy endures. Its strength was once transparent while, after his demise, 40 years’ worthy of former scholars flew in from each nook of the rustic, previous tools in tow. They have been encouraged to take depart in their busy lives simply because they by no means forgot the teachings he taught them. and so they have been decided to thank him within the top manner they knew how: via taking part in one final live performance jointly, this time for Mr. okay. The outpouring of emotion—from scholars, colleagues, and people who examine his tale afterward—made us know how common is the allure of that onerous instructor who can set us immediately on what issues in existence. Mr. okay might be long past, yet with Strings connected, we are hoping his classes will live to tell the tale. —JOANNE LIPMAN      long island City      —MELANIE KUPCHYNSKY      Chicago      Prologue MELANIE JUNE 1991 we're strolling hand in hand via a gorgeous, sun-drenched meadow. within the distance, a line of shady timber marks the sting of a wooded area. As we method a small hill, she shall we pass of my hand and climbs forward. Seconds later, I succeed in the pinnacle, yet she has disappeared. firstly i feel she has slipped into the woodland, yet she is nowhere to be noticeable. i glance and glance, and make contact with her identify, yet she is just long past. whilst I get up i'm trembling, drowning within the inner most unhappiness i've got ever recognized. within the early summer time sunrise, i will see the shadows of packing containers littering the bed room flooring, waiting for the movers who will take them to our new condominium simply outdoors of Chicago. I seize my slumbering husband and shake him unsleeping. “Ed! Ed! ” I half-sob, half-whisper. “I dreamed I misplaced my sister. ” JOANNE AUGUST 1991 the telephone rang whereas i used to be on closing date. I grabbed it with no taking a look up from my keyboard. I didn’t have time for interruptions. My day-by-day column used to be going to be late—again. yet at the very least I had a scoop to teach for it, if i may simply end the rattling factor with no distractions. round me have been the primary sounds of the newsroom—Kevin within the cubicle subsequent to mine, at the cell with a resource: “You greater no longer be fucking with me. It’s moving into the paper day after today. ” Our boss, Laura, tapping a stiletto heel and yelling for replica, the place the hell is everybody’s reproduction? Dennis, complaining loudly concerning the editor lately promoted from our bullpen of journalists: “Didn’t take him lengthy to develop into an asshole! ” the telephone wire knocked a pile of magazines onto the ground. My table was once a catastrophe, a firetrap of newspapers, discarded drafts of articles, pictures of my toddler daughter, lifeless plants nonetheless within the vase, scrawled reminders for the babysitter. It used to be slightly managed, cozy chaos, simply the way in which I loved it. except this caller had whatever i'll use for tomorrow’s paper, this is able to be a truly brief dialog.

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