The Soloist by Mark Salzman

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As a child, Renne showed promise of becoming one of the world's greatest cellists. Now, years later, his life suddenly is altered by two events: he becomes a juror in a murder trial for the brutal killing of a Buddhist monk, and he takes on as a pupil a Korean boy whose brilliant musicianship reminds him of his own past.

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About Mark Salzman

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Mark Salzman (b. 1959) is an award-winning novelist and memoirist. The son of a social worker and a music teacher, Salzman grew up in Connecticut and studied Chinese language and philosophy at Yale University. After college, he spent two years in China, learning martial arts from some of China's most renowned teachers, an experience he documented in his bestselling memoir Iron & Silk. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, director Jessica Yu, and their two daughters.
Published December 21, 2011 by Vintage. 306 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Action & Adventure, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, History, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Salzman skillfully interweaves flashbacks with the nurturing of Kyung-hee and the story of the trial and its offshoot, a budding romance between Renne and fellow-juror Maria-Teresa, an attractive married woman.

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Salzman's ( Iron and Silk ) new novel is a quirky and enjoyable tale of finding Nirvana in the legal system.

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The author of Iron and Silk offers a quirky and enjoyable about a one time cello prodigy cellist who is transformed by his involvement in a murder trial.

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Salzman takes a seemingly irrelevant (though intriguing) detour when Renne serves on a jury for a murder trial that turns on issues of insanity, obsession, and spirituality.

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