The death of legendary jazz trumpeter Joss Moody exposes an extraordinary secret. Unbeknown to all but his wife Millie, Joss was a woman living as a man. The discovery is most devastating for their adopted son, Colman, whose bewildered fury brings the press to the doorstep and sends his grieving mother to the sanctuary of a remote Scottish village.
©1998 Jackie Kay (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd
Deep, emotional exploration of identity, love, and the interconnectedness of humanity. Each character has their own story to tell, affected by the event at the start of the novel in a different way. Ultimately however, they are brought together for their connection to a single special person, their understanding of what Joss truly is: not male or female, or black or white, but human. Fantastic read
Yes. I have the print edition but am currently hooked on all things audio.
Definitely Millie. I liked her honesty, the fact that what she and Joss had was no less real than any other couple
Again it was Millie. Some heartbreakingly tender descriptions of her love for Joss.
If music be the food of love, play Jazz.
Thoroughly enjoyed the book.
"Amazing characterization and performance to match"
The narrator was great, the different voices made it easy to distinguish between characters and sections. There is one section in particular where the text flows from the son speaking as a 30 something young man to his memories as a child and the narrator's change in voice provides as seamless and smooth a transition as the text.
"Awesomely Written and Narrated"
I love this book, I love the story, and I love the voice performance. Very touching. Please listen.
"Fantastic Story and Narration"
I would definitely listen again. I was easily able to connect with the main characters and the narrator did a fantastic job of bringing them to life.
There were times when her narration felt so real and so raw that it brought me to tears.
I loved Millie. I truly felt like she was sharing her love, her grief, and her memories with me. My heart broke for her at times.
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