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A Drop of Patience

William Melvin Kelley

7 Reviews

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

The second novel from the internationally acclaimed author of A DIFFERENT DRUMMER

At the age of five, a blind African-American boy is handed over to a brutal state home. Here Ludlow Washington will suffer for eleven years, until his prodigious musical talent provides him an unlikely ticket back into the world.

The property of a band, playing for down-and-outs in a southern dive, Ludlow's pioneering flair will take him to New York and the very top of the jazz scene - where his personal demons will threaten to drag him back down to the bottom.

A DROP OF PATIENCE is the story a gifted and damaged man entirely set apart - by blindness, by race, by talent - who must wrestle with adversity and ambition to generate the acceptance and self-worth that have always eluded him.

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Praise for A Drop of Patience

  • A Drop Of Patience is a moving, painful and stinging experience. - New York Times Book Review

  • In this, as in his earlier books, Mr. Kelley writes with strength, simplicity and absolute honesty. - New York Herald Tribune

  • Kelley wrote intricate novels that identified with the rejection of dominant social orders. - Public Books

  • Without being imitative he has shown that he belongs to that small company of modern authors who possess the accomplished touch of the creative artist. - AP Newsfeatures

  • The Lost Giant of American Literature. - New Yorker

  • Kelley blended fantasy and fact to construct an alternative world whose sweep and complexity drew comparisons to James Joyce and William Faulkner. - New York Times

  • Kelley is as good on disability as he is on race, and life for a blind person is skillfully depicted in his novel . . . There is plenty to recommend in its moving, honest account of a young black man trying to find his way in a hostile world . . . A thoughtful, inventive writer who was well before his time.

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