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Imperfect Solo

(2016)
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Meyer is filled with dread. His fading musical aspirations, his tyrannical CEO, his ex-wives, his exiting girlfriend, his ageing father, his beloved and troublesome children and his confused and bewildered life all bear witness to the sky that he is convinced will soon fall on his head.

And then it does.

This is the story of a man adrift in anxiety, ill-fortune and comic mishap, buffeted by the existential and prosaic concerns that modern life in Los Angeles inflicts. Forty years old, caught in the netherworld between the reckless optimism of youth and the resignation of age, Meyer tries to find handrails and ballast. Funny, intellectually probing, and poignant, the story follows the flailing and hapless Meyer seeking hope and redemption as his world unravels around him. Surrounded by the absurdity of an ageing America, the affection of flawed but well-meaning friends and family and the randomness of everyday life, Meyer tries gamely to stay afloat.

He must navigate love lost and found and lost, the indignities of ageing, the courage to stand up to assholes and the search for the perfect sax solo. Will Meyer find his grace? Can he, or we, ever?



Praise for this book

"Smart, dry, edgily funny. A shrewd and richly disturbing pleasure." - William Boyd


Used availability for Steven Boykey Sidley's Imperfect Solo

Hardback Editions

February 2019 : Hardback
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Title: Imperfect Solo: A Dark Comedy of Random Misfortune
Author(s): Steven Boykey Sidley
ISBN: 1-5107-3180-6 / 978-1-5107-3180-6
Publisher: Skyhorse
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Paperback Editions

September 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: Imperfect Solo
Author(s): Steven Boykey Sidley
ISBN: 1-910369-13-6 / 978-1-910369-13-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Blue Mark Books
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Kindle Editions

February 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Imperfect Solo: A Dark Comedy of Random Misfortune
Author(s): Steven Boykey Sidley
Publisher: Skyhorse
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


September 2016 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Imperfect Solo: A Dark Comedy of Random Misfortune
Author(s): Steven Boykey Sidley
Publisher: Blue Mark Books
Availability: Amazon UK