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White Tears Audiobook

White Tears: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

From one of the most talented fiction writers at work today: two ambitious young musicians are drawn into the dark underworld of blues record collecting, haunted by the ghosts of a repressive past.

Two 20-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. White Tears is a ghost story, a terrifying murder mystery, a timely meditation on race, and a love letter to all the forgotten geniuses of American music.

©2017 Hari Kunzru (P)2017 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Kunzru has done his homework on racial history and white privilege, but the novel is also lifted on his sharp descriptions of music, which he makes so concrete and delectable you understand why his misguided, ill-fated heroes fall so hard for it. A well-turned and innovative tale that cannily connects old-time blues and modern-day minstrelsy." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

"A compulsively readable ghost story that features masterly - tour de force - writing about early American blues." (Rachel Kushner, author of The Flamethrowers)

"White Tears is a hallucinatory and eerily accurate journey into America's racial unconscious - like an updated version of The Crying of Lot 49, in which race itself is the secret and arcane system that controls all of us in ways we never fully understand. In an era when the past seems to be collapsing into the present on a daily basis, you couldn't find a more urgently necessary, compulsively readable book." (Jess Row, author of Your Face in Mine)

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    "Great writing, incredibly long ending"

    I enjoyed the poetic and illustrative words building each sentence. I was gripped, until about 2/3rds through, the book was a painstaking commitment to finish.

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    marion webb 05-04-17
    marion webb 05-04-17 Member Since 2017

    Thank God for books, and for the people that write them, and double thanks to the ones that bring life to the pages reading them. thank you

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    What disappointed you about White Tears?

    The hopping around from story to story drove me crazy.


    What was most disappointing about Hari Kunzru’s story?

    I never did understand the story never completely knew what I was reading. I have been listening to books for a very long time and this novel was so confusing and boring.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite part of this book was the last page, I was so happy it was over with.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    DISAPPOINTMENT for one and ANGER for every buying it.


    Any additional comments?

    Being pick as the novel of the week in The Week magazine, I believed I had a winner, who picks these books to be Novel of the week. Maybe they can give me back my money this was a loser.

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