White Tears by Hari Kunzru audiobook

White Tears: A novel

By  Hari Kunzru
Read by Lincoln Hoppe , Danny Campbell , and Dominic Hoffman

Random House Audio
10.28 Hours Unabridged
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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 and Delta Mississippi Blues. "An incisive meditation on race, privilege and music. Spanning decades, this novel brings alive the history of old-time blues and America’s racial conscience."—Rabeea Saleem, Chicago Review of Books  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.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A Time Magazine Best Book of the Year

A London Economist Best Book of the Year

A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2017

A GQ Pick of Best Books of 2017

A Washington Post Best Books of the Year selection

A New York Times Pick of New Paperbacks to Check Out This Week

Shortlisted for the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award

Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction

An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick for March 2017

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 and Delta Mississippi Blues. "An incisive meditation on race, privilege and music. Spanning decades, this novel brings alive the history of old-time blues and America’s racial conscience."—Rabeea Saleem, Chicago Review of Books  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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

[White Tears is] a novel that's as brave as it is brutal, and it lets nothing and nobody off the hook. . . . Stunning [and] audacious . . . an urgent novel that's as challenging as it is terrifying. . . . completely impossible to put down . . . [Kunzru’s] writing is propulsive, clear and bright, whether he's describing an old blues song or a shocking act of violence. . . . [White Tears] will shock you, horrify you, unsettle you, and that's exactly the point. Michael Schaub, NPR
[A] truly impressive novel. . . . White Tears is Kunzru’s best book yet. Anthony Domestico, The Boston Globe
Captivating. . . . Kunzru’s graceful writing is exquisitely attuned to his material. . . . [White Tears is] neither a clever Time and Again story of time travel nor a tricky Westworld sort of past-present parallel. White Tears is a profoundly darker and more complex story of a haunting that elucidates the iniquitous history of white appropriation of black culture. Katharine Weber, The Washington Post  
Simply extraordinary. . . . Kunzru is a master storyteller and this is both a thrillingly written ghost story and an exploration of race conflict in America which is surely one of the best books you will read this year. Don’t miss it. Alice O’Keeffe, The Bookseller (Book of the Month pick)  
White Tears is a book that everyone should be reading right now. . . . The reverberations of [this book] echo long after it's done. Part ghost story, part travelogue, White Tears is a drugged-out, spoiled-rotten treatise on race, class and poverty of the soul. Claire Howorth, TIME
"White Tears is distinguished by a knowledge of blues at its deepest, a gift for observation at its most penetrating and stretches of plain old marvelous writing, some swallowing up the pages around them the way a single song . . . swallows up the side of an album. . . . Kunzru brings a canny and original insight to his American subject. . . . [His] awareness and discernment have particular value in an America of the moment where nothing less than the country’s meaning is at stake. Steve Erickson, The New York Times Book Review  
“Delivered by three talented narrators…Hoppe, Campbell, and Hoffman perform this engrossing, convoluted tale with all its serious implications intact. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Part ghost story, part travelogue, White Tears is a drugged-out, spoiled-rotten treatise on race, class and poverty of the soul.” Time
"White Tears is distinguished by a knowledge of blues at its deepest, a gift for observation at its most penetrating, and stretches of plain old marvelous writing.” New York Times Book Review
“An incisive meditation on race, privilege, and music. Spanning decades, this novel brings alive the history of old-time blues and America’s racial conscience.” Chicago Review of Books
“A novel that’s as brave as it is brutal, and it lets nothing and nobody off the hook. ..Stunning [and] audacious …will shock you, horrify you, unsettle you, and that’s exactly the point.” NPR

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Author

Author Bio: Hari Kunzru

Author Bio: Hari Kunzru

Hari Kunzru is the author of several novels that have been translated into twenty-one languages, and his short stories and journalism have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Guardian, New Yorker, Washington Post, Times of India, London Review, Wired, and New Statesman. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the New York Public Library, and the American Academy in Berlin.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 10.28
Audience: Adult
Language: English