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Jazz

Audiobook
“Transforms a familiar refrain of jilted love into a bold, sustaining time of self-knowledge and discovery. Its rhythms are infectious.” —People

In the winter of 1926, when everybody everywhere sees nothing but good things ahead, Joe Trace, middle-aged door-to-door salesman of Cleopatra beauty products, shoots his teenage lover to death. At the funeral, Joe’s wife, Violet, attacks the girl’s corpse. This passionate, profound story of love and obsession brings us back and forth in time, as a narrative is assembled from the emotions, hopes, fears, and deep realities of black urban life.

"The author conjures up worlds with complete authority and makes no secret of her angst at the injustices dealt to black women.”The New York Times Book Review

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Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group Edition: Abridged

OverDrive Listen audiobook

  • ISBN: 9780147520784
  • File size: 86634 KB
  • Release date: March 10, 2015
  • Duration: 03:00:29

MP3 audiobook

  • ISBN: 9780147520784
  • File size: 86651 KB
  • Release date: March 10, 2015
  • Duration: 03:00:27
  • Number of parts: 4

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OverDrive Listen audiobook
MP3 audiobook

Languages

English

Levels

Lexile® Measure:980
Text Difficulty:5-7

“Transforms a familiar refrain of jilted love into a bold, sustaining time of self-knowledge and discovery. Its rhythms are infectious.” —People

In the winter of 1926, when everybody everywhere sees nothing but good things ahead, Joe Trace, middle-aged door-to-door salesman of Cleopatra beauty products, shoots his teenage lover to death. At the funeral, Joe’s wife, Violet, attacks the girl’s corpse. This passionate, profound story of love and obsession brings us back and forth in time, as a narrative is assembled from the emotions, hopes, fears, and deep realities of black urban life.

"The author conjures up worlds with complete authority and makes no secret of her angst at the injustices dealt to black women.”The New York Times Book Review

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