Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize Finalist

Half-Blood Blues

Esi Edugyan
Half-Blood Blues

Thomas Allen Publishers

Esi Edugyan

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About the Book

Paris, 1940. Hieronymous Falk, a brilliant jazz musician is arrested by the Nazis. He is 20 years old; he is German; and he is black. He is also never heard from again. Fifty years later his friend and fellow musician, Sidney Griffiths — who happens to have been the only witness on that fateful day — learns about the discovery of a strange letter and begins a slow journey towards redemption. From the smoky bars of pre-war Berlin to the salons of Paris, Half-Blood Blues is a heart-breaking story about music, race, love, and loyalty.

About the Author

Esi Edugyan has a Masters from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. Her debut novel, The Second Life of Samuel Tyne, was nominated for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and chosen by the New York Public Library as one of 2004’s Books to Remember. Half-Blood Blues is a finalist for this year’s Man Booker Prize and has been longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Edugyan lives in Victoria, B.C.

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