Book Review: White Tears by Hari Kunzru

Title: White Tears Genre: Speculative Fiction, Horror Publisher: Knopf Hardcover: 304 Pages 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. Standalone or Series: Stand alone How did I get this book: Bought Format (e- or p-): Ecopy REVIEW I’ve been sitting on this review for weeks , mulling over my conflicted feelings about White Tears . It’s a really thought-provoking, engaging book: a terrifying ghost story, a revenge fantasy, that attempts an extremely timely exploration of race in America and a look […]

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