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Personal loss, passion for music inspired Common Reading Program winner | The Source | Washington University in St. Louis
First-year student Nick Massenburg-Abraham was not familiar with this year's Common Reading Program selection “Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress” or its author, Dai Sijie. But he does know something about the novel’s central theme: loss. He transformed this personal experiences into the musical composition “Reflections in D Major,” which won the grand prize for the Common Reading Program contest.