Jazz by Toni Morrison
In the winter of 1926, when everybody everywhere sees nothing but good things ahead, Joe Trace, middle-aged door-to-door salesman of Cleopatra beauty products, shoots his teenage lover to death. At the funeral, Joe’s wife, Violet, attacks the girl’s corpse. This passionate, profound story of love and obsession brings us back and forth in time, as a narrative is assembled from the emotions, hopes, fears, and deep realities of black urban life.
The 470th greatest fiction book of all time
This book is on the following lists:
- - 9th on The Celebrity Reading List (Gardiner Public Library)
- - 29th on 100 Best Novels in English Since 1900 (Counterpunch)
- - 56th on Radcliffe's 100 Best Novels (Radcliffe Publishing Course)