Meyer is filled with dread. His fading musical aspirations, his tyrannical CEO, his ex-wives, his exiting girlfriend, his ageing father and his confused and bewildered life will bear witness to the sky that he is convinced will soon fall on his head.
This is the story of a man adrift in ill-fortune and comic mishap, buffeted by the both existential and prosaic concerns that modern life in Los Angeles inflicts. 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.
‘A hilarious novel . . . It signs the coming on the literary scene of a new troublemaker. Smashing!’ – Madame Figaro
‘Imperfect Solo is a perfect riff on what it means to be human in this unsettled age—a complex range of notes from the profound, to the tender, to the laugh-out-loud. Anti- hero Joshua Meyer is, like the characters of Martin Amis and the Coen Brothers, hapless and hopeful, brave and bewildered; he is a little bit of all of us. Bravo!’ – Rene Montagne – NPR
‘A rare and disturbing pleasure’ – William Boyd
‘If you love Philip Roth, you will love Steven Boykey Sidley’ – Elle (France)
‘Reading a Boykey Sidley novel is to experience vicariously a life lived to the full, with all of the excitement, tension, mishaps and intellectual stimulation one wishes for but rarely gets. Sidley has the knack of expressing ideas most of us merely fumble at –
and he does so acutely, fascinatingly, viscerally. Full of unflagging energy, verve and surprise, Imperfect Solo is a rare aesthetic delight.’ – Craig Mackenzie, professor of English at the University of Johannesburg and UJ Award judge.