My favorite quality of The Remarkable Farkle McBride is that it's a fantastic read regardless of what name is published on the cover. In fact, it makes me appreciate Lithgow even more.
Farkle is a born musician, a virtual virtuoso, the Mozart of his time. Only, like most kids, Farkle quickly gets tired of his instrument and ditches it for another. The realization Farkle experiences at the story's climax when the conductor has suddenly fallen ill is perfectly befitting and just feels good to read.
Bonus: What an excellent book for a guy married to an elementary Music teacher to come across! Her students are going to love this book!
Now, onto Mr. Lithgow's seven or so other titles. I'll test drive them at the public library, but I have a feeling Farkle McBride won't be the only remarkable one!