Brendan Slolumbs The Violin Conspiracy is the latest choice for the Good morning America book club.
ABC News anchor Linsey Davis made the Announcement during the morning show and said, “This book is turning the world of classical music upside down. It’s as fast, intricate and complex as the music itself.”
Slocumb’s debut novel, published Tuesday by Anchor, follows Ray, a young classical musician whose prized Stradivarius violin is stolen and held for ransom. A critic of Kirkus called it “a gripping novel” and “a solid page turner.”
“You’ll learn a lot about a world you might not have known about: classical music,” Slocumb told the morning show. “Stories like Ray’s happen all the time, but rarely get a chance to be heard. Now people seem to be more receptive to listen and empathize and get a new perspective on what it’s like for young artists – especially what black artists have to go through.”
“There’s a lot to unpack here,” Davis said. “It’s a mystery, but it’s also about music and race, and it’s laced with some family turmoil for the record.”
Slocumb responded when selecting his book on Instagram, writing: “Watching #GMA announces your #debut novel as February’s #BookClub pick, especially during #BlackHistoryMonth means the world. Can’t wait to hear what you all think of The Violin Conspiracy!”
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and a regular contributor to NPR.