Esi Edugyan's HALF-BLOOD BLUES won the 2011 Giller Prize and was shortlisted for the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction and the 2011 Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, so we're not too surprised to see the starred reviews come rolling in.
"While the rarely explored subject adds to the book’s allure, what stands out most is its cadenced narration and slangy dialogue, as conversations, both spoken and unspoken, snap, sizzle, and slide off the page." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"That narrow moment in time when the freewheeling decadence of Weimar Germany gave way to jackbooted tyranny has been the subject of much fine fiction, but Edugyan is the first to overlay it with jazz history. It makes a sublime marriage." -Booklist (starred review)