This is a good novel to read this month, one that emphasizes Black history. It has so much to say about music being for everyone, not just the elite. It is a language that transcends race and financial status. It is a passion that speaks to people across continents and is not reserved for a select few.
Ray is a Black musician and this novel highlights the difficulties he experienced. The author says he writes from his own history. Ray aptly portrays the sheer determination needed to be recognized as a success in his field. His character is developed well and we really have a clear picture of his passion for music and the love for his wonderful violin. The back story of the violin is a gruesome slave situation yet one we need to be aware of.
I felt the mystery of the stolen violin was not the strongest aspect of the plot. I was not at all surprised at the resolution. I did appreciate learning much about musical instruments and many pieces of music. But the best part was being immersed in the world of a Black musician with passion and determination. What an eye opening novel for this reader.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
About the Author:
Brendan Nicholaus Slocumb was raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and holds a degree in music education (with concentrations in violin and viola) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. For more than twenty years he has been a public and private school music educator and has performed with orchestras throughout Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. He is currently working on his second novel. Photo © Glenn Fry.
Anchor, 352 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review. The book and author descriptions from the publisher.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)