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Half-Blood Blues

(2011)
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Awards
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
Walter Scott Prize Best Historical Novel (nominee)
Women's Prize For Fiction Best Novel (nominee)
Booker Prize Best Novel (nominee)
The aftermath of the fall of Paris, 1940. Hieronymous Falk, a rising star on the cabaret scene, was arrested in a cafe and never heard from again. He was twenty years old. He was a German citizen. And he was black. Fifty years later, Sid, Hiero's bandmate and the only witness that day, is going back to Berlin. Persuaded by his old friend Chip, Sid discovers there's more to the journey than he thought when Chip shares a mysterious letter, bringing to the surface secrets buried since Hiero's fate was settled. Half Blood Blues weaves the horror of betrayal, the burden of loyalty and the possibility that, if you don't tell your story, someone else might tell it for you. And they just might tell it wrong ...

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Simply stunning." - Attica Locke


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