BY THE NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR OF BELOVED

Joe Trace – in his fifties, door-to-door salesman of Cleopatra beauty products, erstwhile devoted husband – shoots dead his lover of three months, the impetuous, eighteen-year-old Dorcas. At the funeral, his determined, hard-working wife, Violet, who is given to stumbling into dark mental cracks, tries with a knife to disfigure the corpse. Passionate and profound, Jazz brings us back and forth in time, in a narrative assembled from the hopes, fears and realities of black urban life.

Winner of the PEN/Saul Bellow award for achievement in American fiction

  • Vintage Digital
  • Published 4th September 2014
  • 256 Pages