White Tears

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

10.28 Hours 03/14/2017 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. 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

An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick for March 2017

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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.

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

“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
“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
“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

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Author

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.

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