Banjo of Destiny

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Banjo of Destiny

By Cary Fagan; Selcuk Demirel (Illustrator)

Groundwood Books, Hardcover, 9781554980857, 127pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2011

Description

Jeremiah Birnbaum is stinking rich. He lives in a house with nine bathrooms, a games room, an exercise room, an indoor pool, a hot tub, a movie theater, a bowling alley and a tennis court. His parents, a former hotdog vendor and window cleaner who made it big in dental floss, make sure Jeremiah goes to the very best private school, and that he takes lessons in all the things he will need to know how to do as an accomplished and impressive young man. Etiquette lessons, ballroom dancing, watercolor painting. And, of course, classical piano.

Jeremiah complies, because he wants to please his parents. But one day, by chance, he hears the captivating strains of a different kind of music the strums, plucks and rhythms of a banjo. It’s music that stirs something in Jeremiah’s dutiful little soul, and he is suddenly obsessed. And when his parents forbid him to play one, he decides to learn anyway even if he has to make the instrument himself.



About the Author
Cary Fagan is a Toronto writer and editor whose books include "The Little Black Dress", "City Hall and Mrs. God: a passionate journey through a changing Toronto", and "History Lessons". His stories and literary journalism have appeared in newspapers and journals across Canada.