The Violin Conspiracy

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Publisher Description

GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK! • Ray McMillian is a Black classical musician on the rise—undeterred by the pressure and prejudice of the classical music worldwhen a shocking theft sends him on a desperate quest to recover his great-great-grandfather’s heirloom violin on the eve of the most prestigious musical competition in the world.

“I loved The Violin Conspiracy for exactly the same reasons I loved The Queen’s Gambit: a surprising, beautifully rendered underdog hero I cared about deeply and a fascinating, cutthroat world I knew nothing about—in this case, classical music.” —Chris Bohjalian, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Flight Attendant and Hour of the Witch

Growing up Black in rural North Carolina, Ray McMillian’s life is already mapped out. But Ray has a gift and a dream—he’s determined to become a world-class professional violinist, and nothing will stand in his way. Not his mother, who wants him to stop making such a racket; not the fact that he can’t afford a violin suitable to his talents; not even the racism inherent in the world of classical music. 
When he discovers that his beat-up, family fiddle is actually a priceless Stradivarius, all his dreams suddenly seem within reach, and together, Ray and his violin take the world by storm. But on the eve of the renowned and cutthroat Tchaikovsky Competition—the Olympics of classical music—the violin is stolen, a ransom note for five million dollars left in its place. Without it, Ray feels like he's lost a piece of himself. As the competition approaches, Ray must not only reclaim his precious violin, but prove to himself—and the world—that no matter the outcome, there has always been a truly great musician within him.

Fiction & Literature
February 1
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House Canada

Customer Reviews

MaryJolie614 ,

Eye opening!

This was an interesting book as it introduced me to the world of classical music as a Black person. I wasn’t aware of all the prejudices and stigma that comes from being a black violinist who plays classical music. The author does a great job of showing this in his storyline how prejudice doesn’t only come from the exterior but also within your own family and community. Especially when you don’t fit the typical image of what a classically train musician should look like. Also what I enjoyed in this book is how he showed the importance of mentoring young people as they enter disciplines people discount them for before they even begin. While this is a mystery story about a violin that gets stolen it also showed the heritage of racism and slavery into our current living world. Great book!

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