Axeman's Jazz: A Novel

Axeman s Jazz A Novel A stunning tour de force Tracy Daugherty s fourth novel explores the volatility of race class and economics as they affect three generations of a Houston Texas family and traces the rise and dec

  • Title: Axeman's Jazz: A Novel
  • Author: Tracy Daugherty
  • ISBN: 9780870744815
  • Page: 436
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A stunning tour de force, Tracy Daugherty s fourth novel explores the volatility of race, class, and economics as they affect three generations of a Houston, Texas, family, and traces the rise and decline of an inner city neighborhood from the point of view of a prodigal daughter Twenty something Telisha Washington returns after many years to the decaying Houston neighborA stunning tour de force, Tracy Daugherty s fourth novel explores the volatility of race, class, and economics as they affect three generations of a Houston, Texas, family, and traces the rise and decline of an inner city neighborhood from the point of view of a prodigal daughter Twenty something Telisha Washington returns after many years to the decaying Houston neighborhood where she was born, to renew old ties and come to terms with her family s enigmatic heritage The product of a racially mixed union, she has spent her life straddling received definitions of race, class, gender, and culture Her personal odyssey is centered inside a black neighborhood s convulsions, where violence, poverty, and the politics of gentrification take their toll An unflinching meditation on family, race, sex, and love, as well as a dissection of public and private identity, Axeman s Jazz is a stark, but loving, portrait of contemporary urban America.

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    1. Thin characters. The author works in stereotypes, which might be useful in driving home a point (ex: Do The Right Thing) but here just made me irritated. Perhaps I was not in the right space for this book -- I had just finished Disgrace by J.M. Coatzee, which deals with race issues in a much more subtle and nuanced way. This book, like a sledgehammer. And unfortunatley, that didn't work for me.I liked the colorful descriptions of Houston, and some of the historical stuff. More of that would have [...]

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