Half Blood Blues

Category: Book
By (author): Edugyan, Esi
Subject:  FICTION / Canadian
  FICTION / General
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: November 2013
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 9.00in x 6.13in
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From The Publisher*

The brilliant, bestselling, Giller Prize–winning novel

Esi Edugyan's Half-Blood Blues took the literary world by storm when it was first published, captivating readers and reviewers with its audacity, power, and sheer brilliance. The novel won or was nominated for every literary prize in Canada-and many international ones, too, including the prestigious Man Booker Prize. It was hailed as one of the best books of the year by Oprah, The Globe and Mail, Amazon, The San Francisco Chronicle and The Vancouver Sun, and it was named a New York Times Editor's Choice.

From the smoky bars of pre-war Berlin to the salons of Paris, the narrator of Half-Blood Blues, musician Sid Griffiths, leads the reader through a fascinating, little-known world and into the heart of his own guilty conscience. The bestselling, award-winning Half-Blood Blues is an entrancing, electric story about jazz, race, love and loyalty, and the sacrifices we ask of ourselves-and demand of others-in the name of art.

Review Quote*

Praise for Half-Blood Blues:

"A truly beautiful novel." - Lawrence Hill, author of The Book of Negroes

"Much of the power of this unforgettable novel comes from the way its racial themes echo. It is very difficult to perceive and articulate the twisted skein of emotion that is black experience-and yet that is just what Edugyan manages to do with this brilliantly conceived, gorgeously executed novel. It's a work that promises to lead black literature in a whole new direction." - The Globe and Mail

"Nimble storytelling. [Edugyan] tempers the plot's ‘Casablanca'-style melodrama-did a wartime love triangle lead to Falk's betrayal?-with healthy doses of quotidian banter, admirably capturing the bickering camaraderie of the young musicians." - The New York Times

"Esi Edugyan's excellent Half-Blood Blues sets its sights on the jazz musicians who flourished in Berlin during the cabaret heyday of the Weimar Republic in the 1920s and found themselves endangered after Hitler's rise and Goebbels's proscription of what he called ‘Jewish-Hottentot frivolity.' . . . [A] tense, well-wrought novel." - The Wall Street Journal

Biographical Note

ESI EDUGYAN's most recent novel,Half-Blood Blues, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize for Fiction and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction, the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize and the Orange Prize for Fiction. Edugyan has held fellowships in the U.S., Scotland, Iceland, Germany, Hungary, Finland, Spain and Belgium. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her husband and daughter.

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