Winner of the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize, short-listed for
the 2011 Governor General''s Award for Fiction
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 the
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.