White Tears (Vintage Contemporaries) (Paperback)

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This is a hard novel to summarize. It is a story of friendship, it is a story about blues music, it is a story about white privilege and race relations; and surprisingly, it is a ghost story that serves to tie it all together. The writing shoots sparks in its deep love of music, in the beat of time and its raw examination of race. The ending is both brilliant and unsettling, packing a punch that will stay with you.

— Lee



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Ghost story, murder mystery, love letter to American music--White Tears is all of this and more, a thrilling investigation of race and appropriation in society today.

Seth is a shy, awkward twentysomething. Carter is more glamorous, the heir to a great American fortune. But they share an obsession with music--especially the blues. One day, Seth discovers that he's accidentally recorded an unknown blues singer in a park. Carter puts the file online, claiming it's a 1920s recording by a made-up musician named Charlie Shaw. But when a music collector tells them that their recording is genuine--that there really was a singer named Charlie Shaw--the two white boys, along with Carter's sister, find themselves in over their heads, delving deeper and deeper into America's dark, vengeful heart. White Tears is a literary thriller and a meditation on art--who owns it, who can consume it, and who profits from it.

About the Author

HARI KUNZRU is the author of four previous novels. His work has been translated into twenty-one languages, and his short stories and journalism have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian, and The New Yorker. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, The New York Public Library, and the American Academy in Berlin. He lives in Brooklyn.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781101973219
ISBN-10: 1101973218
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: February 6th, 2018
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: Vintage Contemporaries