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Publisher's Summary

When journalist Steve Lopez sees Nathaniel Ayers playing his heart out on a two-string violin on Los Angeles' skid row, he finds it impossible to walk away. More than 30 years ago, Ayers was a promising classical bass student at Juilliard - ambitious, charming, and also one of the few African-Americans there - until he gradually lost his ability to function, overcome by schizophrenia.

Over time, the two men form a bond and Lopez imagines that he might be able to change Ayers' life. The Soloist is a beautifully told story of devotion in the face of seemingly unbeatable challenges.

©2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"With self-effacing humor, fast-paced yet elegant prose and unsparing honesty, Lopez tells an inspiring story of heartbreak and hope." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Kelly
  • Minot, ME, United States
  • 05-28-12

Book for the soul.

What other book might you compare The Soloist to and why?

Step Out on Nothing

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Steve Lopez realized Mr. Sanchez was helping him become a better person.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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If you don't mind that it's written in the present

Would you try another book from Steve Lopez and/or William Hughes?

William Hughes, yes, Steve Lopez if he wrote it in past tense.

Would you be willing to try another book from Steve Lopez? Why or why not?

The story was sweet, but writing in the present tense irritates me.

Which scene was your favorite?

Gave up. Don't know

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

I did see it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Francie
  • Pasadena, CA, United States
  • 01-16-11

Not my cup of tea

I didn't like the book at all and I am very sorry I purchased it.

5 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • Joann
  • New Orleans, LA, USA
  • 02-02-09

Loved It, Will See the Movie

I purchased this book because it is being made into a movie and I wanted to read the book first. Can't wait to see the movie.

1 of 10 people found this review helpful