In The Education of Delhomme Chopin, Sand & La France, its author, Nancy Burkhalter has chosen a piano tuner to be the central character of her novel. What an amazing story that has a piano tuner as the central character of a historical fiction about Frédéric Chopin, George Sand and 19th century France.
In February 1848, a new republic is created following the overthrow of King Louis Philippe.
The story begins with Beaulieu Delhomme, a piano tuner, sitting shivering on the mud floor of a crowded cell. He has been thrown into the infamous Conciergerie jail in Paris. Beaulieu faces the guillotine for committing treason against the newly elected French president purportedly due to his part in the bloody worker uprisings in 1848. The one person who could possibly save him from this fate is the celebrated writer, George Sand, his former arch-rival. Both of them were vying for Frédéric Chopin's attention during the composer's lifetime and they had never thought well and kindly of one another. Will Sand let bygone be bygone and accept that Delhomme is a changed man? But then her testimony has been rejected by the trial court, how is she going to rescue Delhomme from his fate even if she wants to ? How did the piano tuner end up being found guilty of treason in the first place?