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Book review: 'Half-Blood Blues' by Esi Edugyan
Book review: 'Half-Blood Blues' by Esi Edugyan

Not unlike its counterpart rock 'n' roll, memorable jazz novels occupy a pretty slim shelf at the local bookstore. Though the music has been gracefully spun into fiction by Roddy Doyle, Michael Ondaatje and — most distinctively — Rafi Zabor in the surreal, ursine-centric "The Bear Comes Home," it's a fringe topic for the most part. Maybe that's because when people want to read about jazz, the characters behind the real story are rich enough to transcend any fiction — or maybe it's just a reflection of how well-meaning writers can run into trouble once they start putting into words something as ephemeral and personal as a saxophone...

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