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Half Blood Blues Paperback – 2012

3.7 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail (2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846687764
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846687761
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #339,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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...a stunning, powerful read, a compelling story brilliantly told.

(Quill & Quire)

"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)

Half-Blood Blues, Esi Edugyan has written a truly beautiful novel. (Lawrence Hill, author of The Book Of Negroes)

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 has one of the most beautiful and understated resolutions in recent Canadian literature." (Vancouver Sun)

"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)

"Her style is deceptively conversational and easy, but with the simultaneous exuberance and discipline of a true prodigy."   (Scotiabank Giller Prize Jury Citation)

"...when Edugyan writes about the music, you can feel it vibrating in your bones." (NOW Magazine)

"...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."
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About the Author

Esi Edugyan has degrees from the University of Victoria and Johns Hopkins University.  Her work has appeared in several anthologies, including Best New American Voices 2003. Her debut novel, The Second Life of Samuel Tyne, was published internationally to critical acclaim. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

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