Author Brendan Slocumb incorporates some of his personal experiences as a classical musician and POC in this fictional novel of black history set against the classical symphonic industry. Protagonist Ray is an African American violinist who discovers his instrument is a rare Stradivarius that has been passed down to through his family. After it is stolen and held for ransom, he uncovers a history connecting his ancestors to their original slaveowners and the understands the struggles and hardships others like him face in a society that is against people of color. The novel tackles many social themes such racism, bigotry, and prejudice and the obstacles for African Americans trying to break through the glass ceiling of other industries in this fictional but true account of what happening in the world today.
–Gerard, Auntie’s Bookstore, Spokane, WA