White Tears

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2017 - Fiction - 271 pages
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White Tears is a ghost story, a terrifying murder mystery, a timely meditation on race, and a love letter to all the forgotten geniuses of American music and Delta Mississippi Blues.


"An incisive meditation on race, privilege and music. Spanning decades, this novel brings alive the history of old-time blues and America's racial conscience."--Rabeea Saleem, Chicago Review of Books


Two twenty-something New Yorkers. Seth is awkward and shy. Carter is the glamorous heir to one of America's great fortunes. They have one thing in common: an obsession with music. Seth is desperate to reach for the future. Carter is slipping back into the past. When Seth accidentally records an unknown singer in a park, Carter sends it out over the Internet, claiming it's a long lost 1920s blues recording by a musician called Charlie Shaw. When an old collector contacts them to say that their fake record and their fake bluesman are actually real, the two young white men, accompanied by Carter's troubled sister Leonie, spiral down into the heart of the nation's darkness, encountering a suppressed history of greed, envy, revenge, and exploitation.
 

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User Review  - Gretchening - LibraryThing

An unsettling, grungy, gorgeous tale of obsession, white appropriations of Black culture, of legacy, and memory, of the effects of racism harrowing forward through the years, of a haunting that ... Read full review

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User Review  - msf59 - LibraryThing

“On your record deck, you played the sound of the middle passage, the blackest sound. You wanted the suffering you didn't have, the authority you thought it would bring. It scared you, but you thought ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
6
Section 2
12
Section 3
16
Section 4
24
Section 5
32
Section 6
52
Section 7
76
Section 8
82
Section 14
138
Section 15
140
Section 16
146
Section 17
152
Section 18
162
Section 19
204
Section 20
210
Section 21
214

Section 9
84
Section 10
104
Section 11
128
Section 12
132
Section 13
134
Section 22
256
Section 23
258
Section 24
268
Section 25
270
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About the author (2017)

HARI KUNZRU is the author of four previous novels. His work has been translated into twenty-one languages, and his short stories and journalism have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian, and The New Yorker. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, The New York Public Library, and the American Academy in Berlin. He lives in Brooklyn.

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