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Half-Blood Blues

A Novel

by Esi Edugyan

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published: Aug 2011
ISBN:9780887629587
publisher: Dundurn
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Winner of the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize, short-listed for the 2011 Governor General's Award for Fiction
Paris, 1940.  A brilliant jazz musician, Hiero, is arrested by the Nazis and never heard from again.  He is twenty years old.  He is a German citizen.  And he is black.
Fifty years later, his friend and fellow musician, Sid, must relive that unforgettable time, revealing the friendships, love affairs and treacheries that sealed Hiero's fate. From the smoky bars of pre-war Berlin to the salons of Paris – where the legendary Louis Armstrong makes an appearance – Sid, with his distinctive and rhythmic German-American slang, leads the reader through a fascinating world alive with passion, music and the spirit of the resistance. Half-Blood Blues, the second novel by an exceptionally talented young writer, 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.

About the Author

Esi Edugyan is the author of the novels The Second Life of Samuel Tyne and Half-Blood Blues, which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Orange Prize. In 2014, she published her first book of non-fiction, Dreaming of Elsewhere: Observations on Home. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her husband and two children.

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Awards
  • Winner, Giller Prize
  • Short-listed, Governor General's Award for Fiction
Editorial Reviews

...when Edugyan writes about the music, you can feel it vibrating in your bones.

— NOW Magazine

Her style is deceptively conversational and easy, but with the simultaneous exuberance and discipline of a true prodigy.

— Scotiabank Giller Prize Jury Citation

...a stunning, powerful read, a compelling story brilliantly told.

— Quill & Quire

Half-Blood Blues is an engrossing and unforgettable story.

— Austin Clarke, author of The Polished Hoe

... surprisingly bouyant. It's deftly paced in incident and tone, moving from scenes of snappy dialogue...to tense, atmospheric passages of description... Half-Blood Blues itself represents a kind of flowering -- that of a gifted storyteller.

— Toronto Star

Half-Blood Blues, Esi Edugyan has written a truly beautiful novel.

— Lawrence Hill, author of The Book Of Negroes

Half-Blood Blues... is a stunningly good novel about a time in music that still resonates today. Punctuated with the beat of jazz, it has moments of sheer magic.

— Owen Sound Sun Times

...Half-Blood Blues has one of the most beautiful and understated resolutions in recent Canadian literature.

— Vancouver Sun

Half-Blood Blues can be compared to a jazz symphony with discrete movements, shifting moods and a complex chorus of human and instrumental voices: It swings between present and past, North and South, East and West, black and white, art and violence, war and peace... Edugyan's musically educated ear allows her to transpose notes into words and back again... a brilliantly conceived, gorgeously executed novel.

— Globe & Mail

...Edugyan draws us into the story with brilliant cadence to her writing. Like a drummer counting down the beat for the band, Edugyan creates a rhythm in her dialogue that sings.

— North Shore News

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