The link to Billie Holiday aka the #angelofharlem is tenuous at best! Though there is a character in the book who may be slightly inspired by her. But it is a book about Jazz as well as historical fiction and a story of friendship and betrayal. This title won the Giller Prize as did Edugyan‘s more recent work Washington Black.
I loved this book both times I read it, and I'm excited that Edugyan has a new book out (and appearing on a couple awards long and short lists!). Anyone read Washington Black yet?
(Well, it's really #FromBerlintoParis, but close enough!)
#SeptemberDanes @Cinfhen @Kalalalatja
1. I love a bunch, but I'm gonna push HALF-BLOOD BLUES today.
2. Led Zeppelin, Billy Talent, RHCP, Loreena McKennitt, Tori Amos, Goo Goo Dolls, The Offspring
3. RHCP. Soon as they came on, everyone in the crowd stood up and we spent the whole concert dancing and singing along and being in the moment. We drowned them out on "Scar Tissue!" The light show was awesome, too.
4. "Cold War" by Janelle Monáe, among many others
#junebookbugs day 21: #multiethnic
I've been meaning to read these two books - ok I probably say that with most posts I put up. And since Half-Blood Blues was a 2011 finalist it means I've been wanting to read it for 6 years now....
Soooo much fun in my #cupidgoespostal package from @Shawna We need to do this every month 😂 Two great books by award winning Canadian authors, a beautful bookish/owl print (is there a better combo??), a sweet pen and READING SOCKS! Thanks so much @Shawna, I love everything and the socks are on as I type 😁
This season's book market haul. I'm especially thrilled I found my own copy of HALF-BLOOD BLUES and a paperback of THE SUMMER QUEEN. I've been searching for a cheap copy of BELLWEATHER for aaaaages, so this $1 copy was also a real happy-maker. I want to read more from Luis Alberto Urrea, Ted Chiang, and Eva Ibbotson, too, and I'm glad I'll have a chance to try WINDROSE. The Camilla Läckberg is for my father, but I'll borrow it when he's done.
This book offered a novel lens through which to view an aspect of WWII I had not previously read. I tried to imagine the lives of these characters, but ultimately, there was not enough to sustain me. The story did not provide the details sufficient to paint that picture, and I failed to be captivated by the characters. Perhaps if I knew more about jazz from that era, it would have been more engaging.
Fun Photo Friday, Pt. 2: More amazing Canadian authors! Including POC bc they're under-represented in Canadian literature: Alice Munro, Emily St. John Mandel, Lawrence Hill, Esi Edugyan (Ghanaian heritage), Tracey Lindberg (Cree), & Nalo Hopkinson (Jamaican)--I LOVE HER. More coming! 🇨🇦