Trumpet

Trumpet

A Novel

Book - 1998
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After dying, a jazz musician in Scotland is discovered to be a woman. The novel describes the way Joss Moody, a black trumpet player, manages to maintain her charade as husband and father.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c1998
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375405099
0375405097
9780375704635
0375704639
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 278 p. ; 22 cm

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uncommonreader
May 21, 2014

Guardian Fiction Prize 1998. This is a good, solid novel about a black, Scottish jazz musician and how his son deals with his death and revelations about his father's identify. It is inspired by a similar story of an American jazz musician. It is suggested that one reason women hid their gender was that they did not have the option to be musicians in mid-century America and Europe although the motivation was more complex than this. There is a very good portrait in the book of a so called journalist preying on friends and family to write a sensationalist book. Fundamentally, this is a story about love and identity.

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katbehrend
Aug 01, 2012

After his death, it's revealed to the world that the famous male trumpet player Joss Moody turns out to have been female. Mostly a novel about the way his son grapples with this truth, the story is told through everyone's voice except for the deceased (save a few slightly-redeeming pages). The son's journey toward understanding his father is painful to read, but also somewhat powerful. Overall the book fell short of moving me, even felt frustrating at times, but was an interesting read.

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