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Jazz Moon
Jazz Moon | Joe Okonkwo
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A passionate, alive, and original novel about love, race, and jazz in 1920s Harlem and Parisa moving story of traveling far to find oneself.David Ebershoff, author of The Danish Girl and The 19th Wife In a lyrical, captivating debut set against the backdrop of the Harlem Renaissance and glittering Jazz Age Paris, Joe Okonkwo creates an evocative story of emotional and artistic awakening. On a sweltering summer night in 1925, beauties in beaded dresses mingle with hepcats in dapper suits on the streets of Harlem. The air is thick with reefer smoke, and jazz pours out of speakeasy doorways. Ben Charles and his devoted wife, Angeline, are among the locals crammed into a basement club to hear jazz and drink bootleg liquor. For aspiring poet Ben, the swirling, heady rhythms are a revelation. So is Baby Back Johnston, an ambitious trumpet player who flashes a devilish grin and blasts jazz dynamite from his horn. Ben finds himself drawn to the trumpeterand to Paris where Baby Back says everything is happening. In Paris, jazz and champagne flow eternally, and blacks are welcomed as exotic celebrities, especially those from Harlem. Its an easy life that quickly leaves Ben adrift and alone, craving solace through anonymous dalliances in the citys decadent underground scene. From chic Parisian cafs to seedy opium dens, his odyssey will bring new love, trials, and heartache, even as echoes from the past urge him to decide where true fulfillment and inspiration lie. Jazz Moon mashes up essences of Hurston and Hughes and Fitzgerald into a heady mixtape of a romance: driving and rhythmic as an Armstrong Hot Five record, sensuous as the small of a Cotton Club chorus girls back. I enjoyed it immensely. Frankly, I wish I'd written it.Larry Duplechan, author of Blackbird and Got 'til It's Gone
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BeaG
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MrBook
Jazz Moon | Joe Okonkwo
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These are the new additions to my #HistoricalFiction Display 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻! Have you read any of them?

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LeahBergen Midnight‘s Children, Devil‘s Brood, and Circling the Sun. 👍🏻 10mo
CherylC Circling the Sun—enjoyed it. 10mo
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Susannah
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This book was one of the most enjoyable I‘ve read this year. It wasn‘t perfect—a bit too melodramatic—but taking place, as it does, in Harlem and Paris during the 1920s, it‘s set me on a massive Harlem Renaissance- and Jazz Age Paris-related book buying binge (haul photo to follow). Any book that leads down a literary history rabbit hole ranks high with me. 🤓 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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writeropolis
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Mehso-so

I finished it a few days ago and resisted posting, so I could chew on it. I feel like the things happening to Ben happened because the story needed to move forward. It was lovingly written though because I could feel the affection Okonkwo had for the material. I feel like I was there experiencing these things with him. But something was missing. Still not sure what it was.

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MorganNotMegan
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Created this photo using whiteout, purple tissue paper, a steady hand, and a lot of googling. Hard to believe this is a debut book! This is set in the Harlem Renaissance and Jazz Age Paris. Mix of a love story, coming of age story, and historical fiction. Recommended for those needing a literary armchair vacation this weekend!

Laalaleighh Great pic!! 3y
Dragon Very impressed, nice photo 3y
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Shvonne
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Aspiring poet, Benjamin Charles is a Black Gay man in 1920s Harlem. He is happy in his marriage of convenience with wife Angeline until he meets musician Baby Back Johnston. Great read. Should be read with cocktails in a seedy bar, while listening to hot jazz.

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Shvonne
Jazz Moon | Joe Okonkwo
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Recent additions to my Never-Ending TBR pile.