HALF-BLOOD BLUES Shortlisted for the Walter Scott PRIZE

Apr 05, 2012

Congratulations to Esi Edugyan, who has received another accolade for HALF-BLOOD BLUES! The Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning novel is now shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction.

The full shortlist is:
• On Canaan's Side by Sebastian Barry
• The Sisters Brothers by Patrick de Witt
• Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
• The Stranger's Child by Alan Hollinghurst
• Pure by Andrew Miller
• The Quality of Mercy by Barry Unsworth

The jury said that HALF-BLOOD BLUES "illuminates a corner of history as yet unilluminated, with emotions that almost become characters in their own right."

The Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction was founded in 2009, and honour the achievements and legacy of Sir Walter Scott, the founding father of the historical novel. The £25,000 prize will be presented on June 16.

HALF-BLOOD BLUES is also nominated for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize (winner to be announced May 12), and longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction (shortlist to be announced April 17).


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Half-Blood Blues

Paris, 1940.  A brilliant jazz musician, Hiero, is arrested by the Nazis and never heard from again.  He is twenty years old.  He is a German citizen.  And he is black.


Fifty years later, his friend and fellow musician, Sid, must ...

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Edugyan, Esi
Esi Edugyan has degrees from the University of Victoria and Johns Hopkins University. Her work has appeared in several anthologies, including "Best New American Voices 2003." Her debut novel, "The Second Life of Samuel Tyne," was published ...

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