A writer who knows his way around Seattle from some extended earlier visits, as well as a terrific night at Elliott Bay for his most recent novel, Gods Without Men, Hari Kunzru is back with White Tears (Knopf), a novel that delves knowingly into the place of race, place, time, and gives readers some smart music history.
“White Tears is a hallucinatory and eerily accurate journey into America’s racial unconscious—like an updated version of The Crying of Lot 49, in which race itself is the secret and arcane system that controls all of us in ways we never fully understand. In an era when the past seems to be collapsing into the present on a daily basis, you couldn’t find a more urgently necessary, compulsively readable book.”—Jess Row.
“Kunzru has done his homework on racial history and white privilege, but the novel is also lifted on his sharp descriptions of music, which he makes so concrete and delectable you understand why his misguided, ill-fated heroes fall so hard for it. A well-turned and innovative tale that cannily connects old-time blues and modern-day minstrelsy.”—Kirkus Reviews.