White Tears

White Tears Review

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

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • I can't decide if this book deserves one star or five, so I went for three. It's not a perfect novel, which isn't to say it isn't great. It reads like water while being complicated on the verge of con...

  • 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...

  • This was one of the books for which I had reading envy at the end of 2017, because I kept hearing good things and it ended up on so many year-end best books lists. So I cleared space for it in January...

  • 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...

  • 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...