The Soloist

Christopher, Nicholas

Published by Viking Press, 1986
ISBN 10: 0670809004 / ISBN 13: 9780670809004
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New York. 1986. Viking Press. 1st Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 54. 306 pages. January 1986. hardcover. Jacket art by Michael Tedesco. 0670809004. keywords:. inventory # 8276. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Suffering a kind of housemaidís knee of the fingers, piano prodigy Max Randal stumbles over the keys trying to recover the virtuosity that for 10 years has made him the toast of the music world and will reaffirm his position when he plays at Carnegie Hall a few months hence. At the moment, however, he seems more involved with wine and women than with song; his first wife dies tragically, his second duns him for thousands in alimony, his third sets him up for re-seduction, and his interim companion goes after him with a knife. In between, his 9-going-on-19-year-old daughter Daphne is thrust upon him while her mother traipses around Europe, disregarding Maxís need to practice undisturbed except by sex, speed and Scotch. His best friend, furthermore, flies off on a mysterious mission to (of all places) Albania, which eventually yields not only photographs never before revealed to the outside world, but a hitherto unknown Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody. Thereís intrigue aplenty, along with some homey scenes of Daphne and Daddy cooking, and a good deal of musical name-dropping and classy partying. - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY. . Bookseller Inventory # 8276

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Synopsis: At thirty-four, piano soloist Max Randal has hit a wall. It's been four years since his last live performance, and his manager is intent on revitalizing his career with a big concert at Carnegie Hall. As if that wouldn't be enough for Max to worry about, as he struggles to prepare, the ghosts of his failed relationships have come to haunt him — his first ex-wife is dying, his second ex-wife wants to get back together, the mother of his child has taken off for Europe and unexpectedly left him to care for their nine-year-old, and his present girlfriend now wants to get serious. Believe it or not, the plot only gets thicker.
Merging dozens of characters and events into a seamless narrative, gifted novelist and poet Nicholas Christopher delivers a compelling tale. Like an exhilarating performance, The Soloist takes you on a brilliant adventure that resonates even once it's over.

From Publishers Weekly: Suffering a kind of housemaid's knee of the fingers, piano prodigy Max Randal stumbles over the keys trying to recover the virtuosity that for 10 years has made him the toast of the music world and will reaffirm his position when he plays at Carnegie Hall a few months hence. At the moment, however, he seems more involved with wine and women than with song; his first wife dies tragically, his second duns him for thousands in alimony, his third sets him up for re-seduction, and his interim companion goes after him with a knife. In between, his 9-going-on-19-year-old daughter Daphne is thrust upon him while her mother traipses around Europe, disregarding Max's need to practice undisturbed except by sex, speed and Scotch. His best friend, furthermore, flies off on a mysterious mission to (of all places) Albania, which eventually yields not only photographs never before revealed to the outside world, but a hitherto unknown Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody. There's intrigue aplenty, along with some homey scenes of Daphne and Daddy cooking, and a good deal of musical name-dropping and classy partying. These elements will probably charm readers willing to overlook the pretentiousness of the narrator, the improbability of the plot and the flatness of the characters. U.K. rights: Viking Penguin; translation rights: Melanie Jackson Agency. January
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Title: The Soloist
Publisher: Viking Press
Publication Date: 1986
Binding: hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket
Edition: 1st Edition.

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Book Description Viking Press, 1986. hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket. 1st Edition. New York. 1986. Viking Press. 1st Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 306 pages. January 1986. hardcover. Nicholas Christopher (born 1951) is an American novelist, poet and critic, the author of sixteen books: six novels, eight volumes of poetry, a critical study of film noir, and a novel for children. Jacket art by Michael Tedesco. 0670809004. keywords: 40293. inventory # 8271. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Suffering a kind of housemaidís knee of the fingers, piano prodigy Max Randal stumbles over the keys trying to recover the virtuosity that for 10 years has made him the toast of the music world and will reaffirm his position when he plays at Carnegie Hall a few months hence. At the moment, however, he seems more involved with wine and women than with song; his first wife dies tragically, his second duns him for thousands in alimony, his third sets him up for re-seduction, and his interim companion goes after him with a knife. In between, his 9-going-on-19-year-old daughter Daphne is thrust upon him while her mother traipses around Europe, disregarding Maxís need to practice undisturbed except by sex, speed and Scotch. His best friend, furthermore, flies off on a mysterious mission to (of all places) Albania, which eventually yields not only photographs never before revealed to the outside world, but a hitherto unknown Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody. Thereís intrigue aplenty, along with some homey scenes of Daphne and Daddy cooking, and a good deal of musical name-dropping and classy partying. - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY. . Bookseller Inventory # 8271

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Book Description Viking Press, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1986. Red Boards. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition / First Printing. Minor edge and corner wear to the dj, lightly scuffed and scratched, corners are gently bumped and rubbed, some very light shelf wear, blue remainder mark on the bottom of the outer page edges, overall a clean used first edition (stated)! Very very rare and hard-to-find title! Red boards quarterbound by black cloth with red lettering on the spine. Deckle page edges. Dj is nicely preserved in a brand new protective mylar plastic cover! Extremely scarce and out-of-print! Author's first novel. 306 very clean unmarked and uncreased historical pages! "Max Randal is in trouble. A superb pianist, darling of the critics, he has not performed in four years. The proficiency is there, but the magic is not: his playing is flat. Two wives have left him; so has the motehr of his only child. And he is afraid. The summer of his thirty-fourth year, he schedules a major tour, daring himself to revitalize his career ---- and his life. It is a summer fuller and more challenging than any he could have imagined. Max's first wife is dying in a Boston hospital; his second wife wants to remarry him; his daughter's mother takes off for Europe, leaving him their child; and his current lover wants to move in with him." Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 036552

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