Two books I've read recently have had a protagonist with synesthesia, and both characters have the kind associated with music. I've already reviewed a couple of books from the Scott Drayco series with a brief mention of the condition. Drayco's synesthesia was congenital. He was born seeing music in color.
I just finished reading The Accidental Savant, featuring a fourteen-year-old boy who becomes an acquired savant with synesthesia after a hard hit on the football field and a concussion.
Gregory "Friz" Collins, an outstanding young receiver who can pluck a football from the air with the same delight as that of a Frisbee Dog. His interest in football is pretty much all consuming.
After Friz suffers a concussion from a hard tackle, however, his life changes. His recovery is slow, and he is under rigid restrictions to rest and let his brain heal. Until, that is, a sudden change occurs, and Friz suddenly finds himself able to play the guitar as well as anyone with decades of experience. He can reproduce a song after one hearing, and he sees music in colors.
That change alone is remarkable, but after hearing a blues guitarist, Friz recognizes something even deeper in himself and in the music. Football no longer interests him, he is irrevocably hooked on blues.
I'm going skip some episodes, but eventually, Friz takes what Joseph Campbell would describe as a "heroes journey." Traveling with elderly bluesmen, Friz is renamed "G" for guitar man and hears tales of Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, meets Buddy Guy and William "Po' Monkey" Seaberry, and learns a lot about the world, friendship, and racism.
An excellent coming of age tale! Great characters, information about blues and blues musicians--The Accidental Savant is worth your time! I was familiar with some of the names mentioned, but not Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy, or Po' Monkey and his Mississippi Juke Joint. I love learning while being entertained.
(Bernadette Sheridan is a grapheme synesthete and sees letters and numbers as colors. You can find our your own name in colors here: What color is your name? )
Coming of Age. Feb. 14, 2021. Print length: 257 pages.