Half-Blood Blues: A Novel
Winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize
Man Booker Prize Finalist 2011
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.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - bucketofrhymes - LibraryThing
This book is absolutely entrancing... First of all, because of the subject matter -- Black jazz musicians in pre-war/WWII Europe. Second of all, because of the voice that it's written in. There's a natural rhythm to the prose, a perfect turn of phrase, that is absolutely a joy to read. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - mattclark - LibraryThing
Tormented, jealous and grief stricken. Sid Griffiths is an ordinary person caught up in an extraordinary time with the freakishly talented Hieronymus Falk. Jazz players in the same band, Hiero is "the ... Read full review