Monday, January 29, 2018

White Tears by Hari Kunzru

White Tears
by Hari Kunzru
narrated by Lincoln Hoppe, Danny Campbell, Dominic Hoffman

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Published: 2017
Publisher: Knopf
Genre: Literary, Music, Mystery
Hardback: 288
Rating: 4

First sentence(s):
That summer I would ride my bike over the bridge, lock it up in front of one of the bars on Orchard Street and drift through the city o foot, recording.

Two twenty-something New Yorkers. Seth is awkward and shy. Carter is the glamorous heir to one of America's great fortunes. They have one thing in common: an obsession with music. Seth is desperate to reach for the future. Carter is slipping back into the past. When Seth accidentally records an unknown singer in a park, Carter sends it out over the Internet, claiming it's a long lost 1920s blues recording by a musician called Charlie Shaw. When an old collector contacts them to say that their fake record and their fake bluesman are actually real, the two young white men, accompanied by Carter's troubled sister Leonie, spiral down into the heart of the nation's darkness, encountering a suppressed history of greed, envy, revenge, and exploitation.

My two-bits:

Whoa, the power of music and its influence is strong. It sure has a way of working itself into us to cause chaos for some.


* Listened to audiobook version.

* part of Tournament of Books 2018 (here)


  1. It reminds me of those older darker fairytales or myths where an innocent person accidentally unleashes magic and sets something in motion.

  2. This was on a top ten list for last year and I just put it on my list! Glad you enjoyed it!


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