Jazz by Toni Morrison
Call Number: PS3563.O8749 J38 1992
Publication Date: 1992
Discussion Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2013.
It is winter, barely three days into 1926, seven years after Armistice. Joe Trace--in his fifties, door-to-door salesman of Cleopatra beauty products, erstwhile devoted husband--shoots to death his lover of three months, impetuous, eighteen-year-old Dorcas. At the funeral, his determined, hard-working wife, Violet, herself a hairdresser--who is given to stumbling into dark mental cracks, and who talks mostly to birds--tries with a knife to disfigure the corpse. ALA Notable Book, 1992; Booklist Editors' Choice, 1992.