Ten-year-old Katherine Forrester has not seen her mother, Julie, for three years, since the automobile accident that tragically cut short her mother's career as a pianist. The Small Rain
begins with their reunion and life together before Julie dies. Katherine is then sent to boarding school in Switzerland by her composer father and his new wife, the renowned actress Madame Sergeivna, who cared for Kathrine after her mother's accident. Katherine hates the pettiness and stifling routine of school, which is relieved only by her piano lessons with a gifted young teacher, Justin Vigneras.
At the end of her junior year, Katherine vacations in Thonon, France, and there falls in love with a young friend of the family, Charles Bejart. Their short romance brings them a recognition of their real feelings for one another--what is, in fact, the basis of a lifelong friendship. When she graduates, Katherine returns to New York, where she sets up an apartment and becomes the protege of a great master who once taught her mother. Relishing life on her own in Greenwich Village, Katherine is suddenly forced to choose between the man she is engaged to and her beloved music.
(from author's website)
Original title: The Small Rain
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction