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The Time of Our Singing

(2002)
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A magnificent, multifaceted novel about a supremely gifted -- and divided -- family, set against the backdrop of postwar America

On Easter day, 1939, at Marian Anderson's epochal concert on the Washington Mall, David Strom, a German Jewish émigré scientist, meets Delia Daley, a young Philadelphia Negro studying to be a singer. Their mutual love of music draws them together, and--against all odds and better judgment--they marry. They vow to raise their children beyond time, beyond identity, steeped in song. But their three children must survive America's brutal here and now. Jonah, Joseph, and Ruth grow up during the Civil Rights era, come of age in the violent 1960s, and live out adulthood in the racially retrenched late century. Jonah, the eldest, "whose voice could make heads of state repent," follows a life in his parents' beloved classical music. Ruth, the youngest, chooses a militant activism and repudiates the white culture her brother represents. Joseph, the middle child and the narrator of this generational tale, struggles to remain connected to them both.

The Time of Our Singing is a story of self-invention, allegiance, race, cultural ownership, the compromised power of music, and the tangled loops of time that rewrite all belonging.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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February 2003 : UK Hardback
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Title: Time Of Our Singing
Author(s): Richard Powers
ISBN: 0-434-01060-X / 978-0-434-01060-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd
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Title: The Time of Our Singing
Author(s): Richard Powers
ISBN: 0-374-27782-6 / 978-0-374-27782-6 (USA edition)
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December 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: Time of Our Singing
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ISBN: 0-374-70467-8 / 978-0-374-70467-4 (USA edition)
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February 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Time of Our Singing
Author(s): Richard Powers
ISBN: 0-09-945383-5 / 978-0-09-945383-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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February 2004 : UK Perfect Paperback
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Title: The Time of Our Singing
Author(s): Richard Powers
ISBN: 0-09-946853-0 / 978-0-09-946853-0 (UK edition)
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January 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Time of Our Singing: A Novel
Author(s): Richard Powers
ISBN: 0-312-42218-0 / 978-0-9657538-3-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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January 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Time of Our Singing
Author(s): Richard Powers
ISBN: 0-374-70463-5 / 978-0-374-70463-6 (USA edition)
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January 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Time of Our Singing
Author(s): Richard Powers
ISBN: 0-434-01062-6 / 978-0-434-01062-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd
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2002 : USA Paperback

Title: The Time of Our Singing
Author(s): Richard Powers
ISBN: 0-374-98970-2 / 978-0-374-98970-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: FSG
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November 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Time of Our Singing
Author(s): Richard Powers
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Title: The Time of Our Singing
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Title: The Time of Our Singing
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Title: The Time of Our Singing
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Title: The Time of Our Singing: A Novel
Author(s): Richard Powers
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