Half Blood Blues

Half Blood Blues Author Esi Edugyan
ISBN-10 9781466802841
Year 2012-02-28
Pages 336
Language en
Publisher Picador
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Winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize Man Booker Prize Finalist 2011 An Oprah Magazine Best Book of the Year Shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction Berlin, 1939. The Hot Time Swingers, a popular jazz band, has been forbidden to play by the Nazis. Their young trumpet-player Hieronymus Falk, declared a musical genius by none other than Louis Armstrong, is arrested in a Paris café. He is never heard from again. He was twenty years old, a German citizen. And he was black. Berlin, 1952. Falk is a jazz legend. Hot Time Swingers band members Sid Griffiths and Chip Jones, both African Americans from Baltimore, have appeared in a documentary about Falk. When they are invited to attend the film's premier, Sid's role in Falk's fate will be questioned and the two old musicians set off on a surprising and strange journey. From the smoky bars of pre-war Berlin to the salons of Paris, Sid leads the reader through a fascinating, little-known world as he describes the friendships, love affairs and treacheries that led to Falk's incarceration in Sachsenhausen. Half-Blood Blues is a story about music and race, love and loyalty, and the sacrifices we ask of ourselves, and demand of others, in the name of art.

Half Blood Blues

Half Blood Blues Author Esi Edugyan
ISBN-10 9781847656568
Year 2011-06-02
Pages 236
Language en
Publisher Profile Books
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Chip told us not to go out. Said, don't you boys tempt the devil. But it been one brawl of a night, I tell you. The aftermath of the fall of Paris, 1940. Hieronymous Falk, a rising star on the cabaret scene, was arrested in a cafe and never heard from again. He was twenty years old. He was a German citizen. And he was black. Fifty years later, Sid, Hiero's bandmate and the only witness that day, is going back to Berlin. Persuaded by his old friend Chip, Sid discovers there's more to the journey than he thought when Chip shares a mysterious letter, bringing to the surface secrets buried since Hiero's fate was settled. In Half Blood Blues, Esi Edugyan weaves the horror of betrayal, the burden of loyalty and the possibility that, if you don't tell your story, someone else might tell it for you. And they just might tell it wrong ...

Half Blood Blues

Half Blood Blues Author Esi Edugyan
ISBN-10 9781443433495
Year 2013-10-28
Pages 320
Language en
Publisher Harper Collins
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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.

The Second Life of Samuel Tyne

The Second Life of Samuel Tyne Author Esi Edugyan
ISBN-10 9781847659576
Year 2013-06-02
Pages 399
Language en
Publisher Profile Books
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Samuel Tyne always believed he was destined for greatness. Emigrating to Canada from Ghana in the 1960'S was the first step on this path, but fifteen years later his grand plans have stalled. He now has a wife Maud, twin thirteen year old daughters Chloe and Yvette, and a mind-numbing job. But then he is thrown a life line. His uncle Jacob dies, leaving him a grand but crumbling house in the town of Aster, and Samuel persuades his reluctant family to seize this chance for a new beginning. At first Aster seems perfect, but soon the town's faultlines are revealed, and the family begins to feel the strain. Samuel opens an electrical shop, but the business falters as he falls victim to his own outlandish ambitions, trying to build computers when all the townspeople want is lightbulbs and radios. His wife is unhappy, and as for his daughters - they are drifting into a private world of two, their behaviour becoming ever more sinister and disturbing to everyone around them. When their school friend Ama comes to stay and nearly drowns in mysterious circumstances, and then a series of fires around the town go unexplained, Samuel and Maud must face up to the secrets within their own family, secrets that threaten to completely tear apart the life they have built.

Washington Black

Washington Black Author Esi Edugyan
ISBN-10 9781443423403
Year 2017-09-05
Pages
Language en
Publisher HarperCollins
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A dazzling new novel of slavery and freedom from Esi Edugyan, winner of the Giller Prize for the international bestseller Half-Blood Blues When two mysterious English cousins arrive to take the helm of a Barbados sugar plantation, nervousness and fear run high. Washington Black—an eleven-year-old field slave who has known no other life—is aghast at suddenly finding himself the personal servant of one of these men. His new master is the eccentric Christopher Wilde—naturalist, explorer, scientist, inventor and abolitionist—whose single-minded pursuit of the perfect aerial machine mystifies and frightens all around him. Through Wilde, Washington is initiated into a world of wonder: a world where the night sea viewed from a hilltop shivers with light, where a simple cloth canopy can propel a man across the sky, where even a boy born into chains can embrace a life of dignity and meaning. Then, on a disastrous voyage, Wilde disappears. Washington is forced to make his way back to the civilized world alone. One day, however, a man appears in Washington’s new life, making claims about the past. Is this man truly the long-lost Wilde? If so, what are the real motives behind his return? And is it possible that his resurrection will destroy everything? Based on an infamous criminal case of the nineteenth century, Washington Black tells the story of a friendship and its betrayal. From the sultry cane fields of Barbados to the icy wastes of the Canadian Arctic, from the pristine English countryside to the mud-drowned streets of San Francisco, it is the story of a world destroyed and made whole again, where certainty seems unattainable, and men must remain strangers even to themselves.

Dreaming of Elsewhere

Dreaming of Elsewhere Author Esi Edugyan
ISBN-10 9780888648211
Year 2014-03-24
Pages 56
Language en
Publisher University of Alberta
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Esi Edugyan interlaces fact and fiction, storytelling and dreaming to capture the essence of belonging.

The Orange Grove

The Orange Grove Author Larry Tremblay
ISBN-10 9781571319340
Year 2016-05-10
Pages 174
Language en
Publisher Milkweed Editions
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Twin brothers Amed and Aziz live in the peaceful shade of their family’s orange grove. But when a bomb kills the boys’ grandparents, the war that plagues their country changes their lives forever. Blood must repay blood, and, in order to avenge their grandparents’ deaths, one brother must offer the ultimate sacrifice. Years later, the surviving twin – now a student actor in a wintry Montreal – is given a role which forces him to confront the past. Tremblay, an actor and director himself, poses the difficult question: can art ever adequately address suffering? Both current and timeless, written with the sharp purity of desert poetry, The Orange Grove depicts the haunting inheritance of war and its aftermath.

Half Resurrection Blues

Half Resurrection Blues Author Daniel José Older
ISBN-10 9780698166790
Year 2015-01-06
Pages 336
Language en
Publisher Penguin
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FIRST IN A BRAND NEW URBAN FANTASY SERIES “Because I’m an inbetweener—and the only one anyone knows of at that—the dead turn to me when something is askew between them and the living. Usually, it’s something mundane like a suicide gone wrong or someone revived that shouldn’ta been.” Carlos Delacruz is one of the New York Council of the Dead’s most unusual agents—an inbetweener, partially resurrected from a death he barely recalls suffering, after a life that’s missing from his memory. He thinks he is one of a kind—until he encounters other entities walking the fine line between life and death. One inbetweener is a sorcerer. He’s summoned a horde of implike ngks capable of eliminating spirits, and they’re spreading through the city like a plague. They’ve already taken out some of NYCOD’s finest, leaving Carlos desperate to stop their master before he opens up the entrada to the Underworld—which would destroy the balance between the living and the dead. But in uncovering this man’s identity, Carlos confronts the truth of his own life—and death.…

By Gaslight

By Gaslight Author Steven Price
ISBN-10 9781780748696
Year 2016-09-01
Pages 496
Language en
Publisher Oneworld Publications
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A deeply atmospheric literary tour de force with a cast of unforgettable characters, By Gaslight is the remarkable story of one detective's ceaseless hunt for an elusive criminal. London, 1885. A woman’s body is discovered on Edgware Road; ten miles away, her head is dredged from the dark, muddy waters of the Thames. Famed detective William Pinkerton had one lead to the notorious thief Edward Shade, and now that lead is dead. Determined to drag Shade out of the shadows, Pinkerton descends into the seedy underworld of Victorian London, with its gas-lit streets, opium dens, sewers and séance halls, its underworld of spies, blackmailers, cultists, petty thieves and pitiless murderers. Adam Foole is a gentleman without a past, haunted by a love affair ten years gone. Returning to London in search of his lost beloved, his journey brings him face-to-face with Pinkerton, and what he learns of his lover’s fate will force him to confront a past - and a grief - he thought long buried. Epic in scope, brilliantly conceived and vividly atmospheric, By Gaslight is a riveting portrait of two men on the brink. Shrouded in secrets, betrayals and deceptions, this is the story of the most unlikely of bonds: between

Under the Visible Life

Under the Visible Life Author Kim Echlin
ISBN-10 9781782832195
Year 2016-02-04
Pages 176
Language en
Publisher Serpent's Tail
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Two women and a friendship that will change everything. Vividly rendered and sweeping in scope, Under the Visible Life is a stunning meditation on how hope can remain alive in the darkest of times, if we have someone to share our burdens with. Katherine Goodnow, half Canadian and half Chinese, struggles through a 1950's childhood hostile to all she represents. She breaks free as a teenager, embracing love and adventure, but soon faces the challenges of unexpected motherhood and an unreliable husband. Mahsa Weaver, half American and half Afghani, is only twelve when, after the death of her parents, she is sent to live with strict relatives in Karachi. Struggling to break free, she escapes to Montreal, but the threads of her past are not so easily severed, and she finds herself forced into an arranged marriage. When Katherine and Mahsa meet in New York, they give each other the strength to fight for their freedom, and forge a bond of friendship that will last a lifetime.

Pigeon English

Pigeon English Author Stephen Kelman
ISBN-10 9781408826140
Year 2012-01-05
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher A&C Black
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Newly arrived from Ghana with his mother and older sister, eleven-year-old Harrison Opoku lives on the ninth floor of a block of flats on a London housing estate. The second best runner in the whole of Year 7, Harri races through his new life in his personalised trainers - the Adidas stripes drawn on with marker pen - blissfully unaware of the very real threat all around him. With equal fascination for the local gang - the Dell Farm Crew - and the pigeon who visits his balcony, Harri absorbs the many strange elements of his new life in England: watching, listening, and learning the tricks of inner-city survival. But when a boy is knifed to death on the high street and a police appeal for witnesses draws only silence, Harri decides to start a murder investigation of his own. In doing so, he unwittingly endangers the fragile web his mother has spun around her family to try and keep them safe. A story of innocence and experience, hope and harsh reality, Pigeon English is a spellbinding portrayal of a boy balancing on the edge of manhood and of the forces around him that try to shape the way he falls.

I Carried You Home

I Carried You Home Author Alan Gibney
ISBN-10 1443444545
Year 2017-05-02
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher Harper Perennial
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From an exciting new Canadian literary voice comes a poignant, lyrical story about a boy’s love for his grieving mother and his determination to bring her back from despair. A single mother of two teenage boys locks herself away in grief over her son’s death in a car accident and shuts down in searing pain, refusing to see her remaining son, Ashe. In one stroke, Ashe has lost both his brother and his mother. Eventually, she leaves her bedroom and takes Ashe on a harrowing journey through Death Valley, where he learns about her troubled past and, in the process, tries to come to terms with her. This is a confident and haunting novel told from the point of view of a fourteen-year-old boy, a voice that engages us powerfully and compels us to find out how he can possibly make sense of the terrible loss that has shattered his world and turned his mother against herself. I Carried You Home is an emotionally complex and satisfying first novel about coming of age through the experience of loss and a redemptive return to life.

Alice Walker s The Color Purple

Alice Walker s The Color Purple Author Kheven LaGrone
ISBN-10 9789042025448
Year 2009-01
Pages 320
Language en
Publisher Rodopi
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Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Color Purple is a tale of personal empowerment which opens with a protagonist Celie who is at the bottom of America's social caste. A poor, black, ugly and uneducated female in the America's Jim Crow South in the first half of the 20th century, she is the victim of constant rape, violence and misogynistic verbal abuse. Celie cannot conceive of an escape from her present condition, and so she learns to be passive and unemotional. ButThe Color Purple eventually demonstrates how Celie learns to fight back and how she discovers her true sexuality and her unique voice. By the end of the novel, Celie is an empowered, financially-independent entrepreneur/landowner, one who speaks her mind and realizes the desirability of black femaleness while creating a safe space for herself and those she loves. Through a journey of literary criticism, Dialogue: Alice Walker'sThe Color Purple follows Celie's transformation from victim to hero. Each scholarly essay becomes a step of the journey that paves the way for the development of self and sexual awareness, the beginnings of religious transformation and the creation of nurturing places like home and community.

Stone Butch Blues

Stone Butch Blues Author Leslie Feinberg
ISBN-10 9781459608450
Year 2010-11-01
Pages 580
Language en
Publisher ReadHowYouWant.com
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Published in 1993, this brave, original novel is considered to be the finest account ever written of the complexities of a transgendered existence. Woman or man? Thats the question that rages like a storm around Jess Goldberg, clouding her life and her identity. Growing up differently gendered in a blue--collar town in the 1950s, coming out as a butch in the bars and factories of the prefeminist 60s, deciding to pass as a man in order to survive when she is left without work or a community in the early 70s. This powerful, provocative and deeply moving novel sees Jess coming full circle, she learns to accept the complexities of being a transgendered person in a world demanding simple explanations: a he-she emerging whole, weathering the turbulence.

The Sisters Brothers

The Sisters Brothers Author Patrick deWitt
ISBN-10 9781847083722
Year 2011-05-05
Pages 325
Language en
Publisher Granta Books
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Oregon, 1851. Eli and Charlie Sisters, notorious professional killers, are on their way to California to kill a man named Hermann Kermit Warm. On the way, the brothers have a series of unsettling and violent experiences in the Darwinian landscape of Gold Rush America. Charlie makes money and kills anyone who stands in his way; Eli doubts his vocation and falls in love. And they bicker a lot. Then they get to California, and discover that Warm is an inventor who has come up with a magical formula, which could make all of them very rich. What happens next is utterly gripping, strange and sad. Told in deWitt’s darkly comic and arresting style, The Sisters Brothers is the kind of western the Coen Brothers might write – stark, unsettling and with a keen eye for the perversity of human motivation. Like his debut novel Ablutions, The Sisters Brothers is a novel about the things you tell yourself in order to be able to continue to live the life you find yourself in, and what happens when those stories no longer work. It is an inventive and strange and beautifully controlled piece of fiction, which shows an exciting expansion of Dewitt’s range