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White Tears
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White Tears


From one of the most talented fiction writers at work today: two ambitious young musicians are drawn into the dark underworld of blues record collecting, haunted by the ghosts of a repressive past.

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.

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.

Title:White Tears
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages
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    White Tears Reviews

  • Sam
    Mar 02, 2017

    This book isn't what you think it is. This book wasn't what you thought it was. This book has always not been what you thought it would be.I felt like there were two books in White Tears, but the fina...

  • Diane S ?
    Mar 26, 2017

    3.5 Seth, our narrator is somewhat of a misfit, many are surprised when Carter, the son of a wealthy family, picks him to be his mate, best friend. They share a love of music, and both are avid collec...

  • Robin
    Jun 07, 2017

    The song that never ends A disorienting, uncomfortable, fascinating story that looks like one thing on the surface, but veers off into unexpected places. What begins with a couple of young white guys...

  • poingu
    Mar 31, 2017

    An unnerving read that pulls the reader in nearly as many uncomfortable directions as it does its characters. The main narrator has a glib and superficial way of describing events, where the very dark...

  • J. Kent Messum
    Apr 12, 2017

    *Review originally published in the New York Journal Of Books: There’s a lot going on in White Tears . . . maybe too much.The story starts off well. Two youn...

  • Jill
    Feb 25, 2017

    What is the connection between the listener and the musician? Does it matter that one of you is alive and one is dead? And which is which?In this brilliant new novel, Hari Kunzru explores these questi...

  • Phrynne
    Apr 29, 2017

    I always enjoy reviewing the books I have read but every so often I come up against one where I honestly cannot think what to say about it! This is one of those books.I enjoyed it very much - the writ...

  • Jessica Woodbury
    Oct 08, 2016

    I don't like to read the summary of a book before I read it. I started WHITE TEARS knowing Kunzru from some of his previous works and expecting a smart book on race in America. That is what I got, but...

  • Blair
    Apr 04, 2017

    I know I talk about books in terms of 'halves' or 'thirds' or 'quarters' a lot. It's something I've been telling myself to do less of. But sometimes it's absolutely necessary, and White Tears is one s...

  • W Perry
    Apr 06, 2017

    Anybody singing the blues is in a deep pit yelling for help.Mahalia Jackson"White folks hear the blues come out, but they don't know how it got there," said Son House, a Mississippi blues singer who m...