The Violin Conspiracy

The Violin Conspiracy is a wonderful, important and beautiful novel.   Since I listened to it as an audio, I could hear violin music being played at various sections. It was just beautiful. This is the story of a young black boy whose family is not very supportive of his artistic ability. He uses rented violin to learn his craft, no private lessons, and no support at home. But he is driven because music and playing means everything to him. Luckily, he has a grandmother who treasures what he can do and gives him his deceased grandfather’s fiddle. This fiddle turns out to be quite valuable. At the beginning of the fictional novel, we learn that this precious violin has been stolen. How could this have happened? Who could be involved? Once people have learned of the value of the violin, they all wanted to get a piece of the action, so to speak.

The author has done a fabulous job of telling this story.  It is a fictional novel, in terms of the characters and the mystery. What is not fictional is the race schism that is so prevalent in this young characters life and the way he is perceived by people. The setting goes from Charlotte North Carolina to New York to Boston to Moscow and it is really worth the trip when you read this novel

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