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Canada Reads: Half-Blood Blues

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Our third book on the road to Canada Reads victory is Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan. It's the aftermath of the fall of Paris, 1940. Hieronymous Falk is a rising star on the Berlin scene. He's also a mixed race German citizen - and he's black. Racial tensions are running high, and when Hiero goes out one night for a glass of milk, he is arrested in a cafe and never heard from again. Fast forward fifty years, and Hiero's friend Sid is going back to Berlin in search of his lost bandmate - and their unfinished recording. As Sid searches for the truth, fifty years' worth of secrets and lies are uncovered – all leading up to the confession of the ultimate betrayal. Half-Blood Blues is a tale about music and politics, loyalty and betrayal, and it examines a slice of time that is rarely explored in fiction. It was the winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2011, and was also shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker prize and the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction.

 Half-Blood Blues will be defended by Donovan Bailey, one of the fastest people in the world. Click here to learn about why he chose this book!

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