Review: Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Washington Black Esi EdugyanWelcome to my first review of 2019! Washington Black is an outstanding book to start the year. Esi Edugyan has created a genre-defying novel that veers between slave narrative and fantastical adventure with a dash of steampunk thrown in.   Continue reading “Review: Washington Black by Esi Edugyan”

Review: Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

Half Blood Blues Esi EdugyanThis book packs an emotional punch. Half Blood Blues is a story of jazz and betrayal in Nazi-occupied Europe. Author Esi Edugyan evokes sensations, feelings and sounds in wonderful, and sometimes terrifying, detail. 

The novel begins in 1940, with talented, young musician Hieronymus Falk. As a black German citizen, he has been forced into statelessness by the Nazi regime. In 1940 “the boots” arrest him in a Parisian café. He’s never seen again.  Continue reading “Review: Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan”