Title: The Soloist
Publisher: Viking Press
Publication Date: 1986
Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket
Edition: 1st Edition.
New York. 1986. Viking Press. 1st Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 306 pages. January 1986. hardcover. Jacket art by Michael Tedesco. 0670809004. keywords: Literature America. 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
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 isn't enough of a burden 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 of 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 suddenly 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.
Review: "There is an imaginative verve in Christopher's storytelling, which takes the plot on several unexpected turns... The depiction of the world of a virtuoso performer--the tensions and doubts, the rigor and intensive self-scrutiny--ultimately provides Christopher with a potent metaphor for dealing with questions of authenticity and sincerity, intimacy, love, and eroticism. Through this metaphor, the novel achieves a depth and poignancy."
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