Half-Blood Blues

Half-Blood Blues

From the publisher:
Paris, 1940.  A brilliant jazz musician, Hiero, is arrested by the Nazis and never heard from again.  He is twenty years old.  He is a German citizen.  And he is black.

Fifty years later, his friend and fellow musician, Sid, must relive that unforgettable time, revealing the friendships, love affairs and treacheries that sealed Hiero's fate.  From the smoky bars of pre-war Berlin to the salons of  Paris - where the legendary Louis Armstrong makes an appearance - Sid, with his distinctive and rhythmic German-American slang, leads the reader through a fascinating world alive with passion, music and the spirit of resistance.

Half-Blood Blues, the second novel by an exceptionally talented young writer, is an entrancing, electric story about jazz, race, love and loyalty, and the sacrifices we ask of ourselves, and demand of others, in the name of art.

Praise for Half-Blood Blues:
"Half-Blood Blues itself represents a kind of flowering--that of a gifted storyteller."
- Toronto Star

"With Half-Blood Blues, Esi Edugyan has written a truly beautiful novel."
- Lawrence Hill, Author of The Book of Negroes

Esi Edugyan speaks to Q after winning The Scotiabank Giller Prize.

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The CBC's Jenn Blair speaks to the Giller prize winning author.

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In the video clip below, Esi Edugyan is introduced at the Scotiabank Giller Prize gala.

Calgary-born author Esi Edugyan talks about her Man Booker Prize nomination with the Eyeopener.

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