Esi Edugyan’s Half-Blood Blues is one of the most interesting books I have read in a long time. It’s an original and educational read. Seen through the eyes of Sidney Griffiths who recounts what happened to his group of friends and fellow musicians in Hitler’s Berlin in 1939 on the brink of the Second World War.
He and his buddies are jazz musicians and Sid is conflicted by his petty jealousy of Hieronymus, the 20-year-old brilliant trumpet player, who also happens to be black and German. Fifty years have gone by when an old friend contacts Sid and says he has found Hiero who neither of them have seen since the day he was arrested in Paris. The Nazi’s were storming the streets of Paris and arrested the young black German; the others never knew his fate. Edugyan introduces the reader to a little known world. I highly recommend this book if you have not read it already.