Half-Blood Blues, by Esi Edugyan

Staff Pick

A two-time Giller Prize-winning novelist, Esi Edugyan takes us on a magical and emotional journey through history. This one-of-a-kind novel imagines the experiences, and eventual erasure, of black and multiracial bodies in Berlin and Paris during WWII. It focuses on a group of jazz musicians who, performing during the Nazi occupation, find their freedom and creative expression called into question and their very existencemade perilous. The story is foregrounded by Sid, narrating from the present day, who sees a documentary in honor of "Hiero" Falk, a musician who had been captured and was presumed dead--only to be found living in Poland. We follow Sid as he visits Falk and is forced to reckon with a decades-old secret of betrayal. Edugyan's spare but musical prose lends a hint of dreaminess and hope that kept me wanting more.

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ISBN: 9781250012708
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Published: Picador - February 28th, 2012

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