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 of 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.
A Drop of Patience - William Melvin Kelley
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