Twelve Bar Blues

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Grove Press, 2001 - Fiction - 400 pages
Winner of the prestigious Whitbread Novel Award, Twelve Bar Blues is an epic tale of fate and family, jazz and juju that spans three continents and two centuries to tell a story of enduring roots and indelible love. At its heart is Lick Holden, a talented but tormented young musician who sets the jazz scene of early-twentieth-century New Orleans on fire with the hot tones of his coronet. But Lick's true passion is for his beautiful lost stepsister, for whom he searches among the streets, music halls, and bordellos of the South. Their story reverberates through the decades into the life of Sylvia Di Napoli, a black English former prostitute turned singer who travels from London to America in 1999 to find the answer to the mystery of her family's roots. Funny and poignant, Twelve Bar Blues is a dynamic novel with all the emotional energy and breakneck tempo of a red-hot Big Easy jazz band that will hook you -- like a favorite tune -- until the very last page. "A rollicking novel ... energetic, divinely plotted." -- The Times (London) "A hugely enjoyable offering." -- Independent on Sunday

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User Review  - Karin7 - LibraryThing

Although at first I thought this was going to be a five star book and it won the Whitbread Fiction Prize, it ended up being a four star read for me, but was still very good. This story is structured ... Read full review

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User Review  - pengvini - LibraryThing

Unfortunately all of the parts of this book that are set in Africa, both past and present, made me cringe. I cannot recommend it to anyone. The only reason why I persevered and finished this book is because I am signed up to attend a discussion on it. Read full review

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