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The Violin Conspiracy

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The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb
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Feb 01, 2022 | ISBN 9780593315415

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One of The Seattle Times’s Most Anticipated Books of the Year • One of Medium’s Most Exciting Books of 2022

“Utterly original and downright gripping, The Violin Conspiracy is more than a mystery—it’s an unflinching peek into the heart and soul of a gifted Black violinist striving to pursue his passion in the face of adversity. Brendan Slocumb’s debut is an essential lesson in artistry, prejudice, and persistence.”
—Zakiya Dalila Harris, New York Times bestselling author of The Other Black Girl

“I loved The Violin Conspiracy for exactly the same reasons I loved The Queen’s Gambit: a surprising, beautifully rendered underdog hero I cared about deeply and a fascinating, cutthroat world I knew nothing about—in this case, classical music. I devoured this fine novel: every page and every word. And that ending? Never saw it coming.”
—Chris Bohjalian, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Flight Attendant and Hour of the Witch


“Finally, classical music gets the complex treatment it deserves. A wide-eyed look at the art form and its discontents.” 
—Gary Shteyngart, New York Times bestselling author of Little Failure and Lake Success

“Magnificent, from the first page to the last, the pace never slackens. It is a gorgeous read. Old violins, international music competitions, human greed, determination, decency—all of these feature in this first-rate novel. The reader will learn about how difficult it is to get anywhere in the world of classical music if your face doesn’t fit the prejudiced expectations of some people. All of that is here, and it is all related with dignity, humour and forbearance. It’s a wonderful tale by a very fine author who happens to know a lot about music.” 
—Alexander McCall Smith, bestselling author of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series
 
“The Violin Conspiracy reminds all of us that dreams are worth pursuing, no matter the obstacles in front of us.  The struggle to follow your heart is always the same—and this novel inspires us to take the chance, make the leap, and dare to be better. This was a wonderful read.”
—Misty Copeland, New York Times bestselling author of Life in Motion and principal dancer, American Ballet Theatre

“[A] galvanizing blend of thriller, coming-of-age drama, and probing portrait of racism. . . . As Slocumb, himself a Black violinist, describes Ray’s apprenticeship, always working ‘twice as hard as his non-Black counterparts,’ we are drawn completely into this moving story of an unfettered love of music and a passionate commitment to performing it. Skillfully juggling his two timelines, Slocumb builds tension exquisitely while writing about music with both technical precision and richly evocative metaphors. This flawless debut will do for classical music what The Queen’s Gambit did for chess.” 
—Booklist *STARRED REVIEW*

“[A] gripping debut. . . . Slocumb sensitively portrays Ray’s resilience in the face of extreme racism. The author is off to a promising start.”
—Publishers Weekly

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