Esi Edugyan
Washington Black

Washington Black

I have this downloaded and it has not only made the list of YOUR favorite audiobooks, but reviewers around the interwebs use words like "masterpiece," "artful," "epic," and "a rip-roaring tale." The story follows a young freed slave, George Washington Black, or "Wash," across the globe from the cane fields of the Caribbean to the Arctic to London to the Moroccan deserts as a manservant to Christopher, an abolitionist, explorer, and inventor. Wash accompanies him around a world where impossible things happen—flying machines carry men across the sky, and divided people can begin to see each other as human.

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Half-Blood Blues

Half-Blood Blues

A finalist for the 2011 Man Booker Prize. Edugyan's historical fiction story spans across WWII Paris and 1952 Berlin, but the vivid depiction of salons, cafés, and jazz clubs lands this novel on the Paris list. The Hot Time Swingers are about to make it big when the Nazis forbid them to play. Hieronymus Falk, their start trumpet player, is arrested and never heard from again. Falk was Black, a German citizen, and considered a musical genius at the age of 20. Years later, Falk's band members take a journey from Berlin to Paris, revealing the intricacies of the events leading up to Falk's arrest.

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