Saint Monkey: A Novel (Hardback)Jacinda Townsend (author)
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That is, until chance intervenes and a booking agent offers Audrey a ticket to join the booming jazz scene in Harlem-an offer she can't resist, not even for Caroline. And in New York City the music never stops. Audrey flirts with love and takes the stage at the Apollo, with its fast-dancing crowds and blinding lights. But fortunes can turn fast in the city-young talent means tough competition, and for Audrey failure is always one step away. Meanwhile, Caroline sinks into the quiet anguish of a Black woman in a backwards country, where her ambitions and desires only slip further out of reach.
Jacinda Townsend's remarkable first novel is a coming-of-age story made at once gripping and poignant by the wild energy of the Jazz Era and the stark realities of segregation. Marrying musical prose with lyric vernacular, Saint Monkey delivers a stirring portrait of American storytelling and marks the appearance of an auspicious new voice in literary fiction.
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 650 g
Dimensions: 244 x 168 x 30 mm
"Saint Monkey is an absolute marvel of a book. Jacinda Townsend is dazzling as she transports the reader to a different time and place-the 1950s, rural Kentucky, and Harlem at the height of the jazz era. Two young girls, Audrey and Caroline, fight for a place in the world and, though their paths at times diverge, their journeys and this writer will utterly captivate you." -- Roxanne Gay, author of Ayiti
"This is a breathtakingly insightful, suspenseful, and gorgeously realized novel of cruelty and sorrow, anger and forgiveness, improvisation and survival, and the transcendent beauty of nature and art." -- Donna Seaman - Booklist, Starred Review
"Impressive." -- Carmela Ciuraru - New York Times
"Takes us backstage at the Apollo and into the smoky, late-night clubs where the art of jazz is fashioned before our eyes... The reader is buffeted by the transformative waves of race and music in America." -- Jonathan Odell - Star Tribune
"Vivid." -- Kasia Hopkins - News Gazette
"Captures the imagination and the heart." -- Jacinta Howard - Upscale Magazine
"[A] novel to curl up with... Irresistible." -- Philadelphia Tribune