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Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan.. Man Booker finalist, but don’t let that get in the way of a wonderfully written jazz/WWII revisionist fabulation with some great trumpet solos and a churning beat.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Destined to win a wide audience…Deftly paced in incident and tone, moving from scenes of snappy dialogue, in which band members squabble and banter humorously, to tense, atmospheric passages of description…Edugyan makes fresh tracks in this richly-imagined story…Half-Blood Blues itself represent a kind of flowering—that of a gifted storyteller."

The Toronto Star

"A superbly atmospheric prologue kick-starts a thrilling story about truth and betrayal…[A] brilliantly fast-moving novel."

The Toronto Star

Author bio: Esi Edugyan has a Masters in Writing from Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars. Her work has appeared in several anthologies, including Best New American Voices 2003, ed. Joyce Carol Oates, and Revival: An Anthology of Black Canadian Writing (2006). Her debut novel, The Second Life of Samuel Tyne, was published internationally. It was nominated for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, was a More Book Lust selection, and was chosen by the New York Public Library as one of 2004's Books to Remember. She currently lives in Victoria, British Columbia. More information can be found here:

Book Details: General Fiction; (336 pp. Jazziferous: Kindle/Print editions)

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