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The Fisher King

"In 1949, Sonny-Rett Payne, a black jazz pianist, fled New York for Paris to escape both his family's disapproval of his art and the racism that shadowed his career. His spectacular success in Europe and his subsequent death there form the dramatic background of Paule Marshall's fifth novel, a moving and revelatory story of jazz, family conflict, and the artist's struggles in society." "Decades after Sonny-Rett left, his eight-year-old Parisian grandson is brought to his old Brooklyn neighborhood to attend a memorial concert in Payne's honor. The child's visit reveals the persistent rivalries within the family and the community that drove his grandfather into exile." "Will the young boy be a harbinger of change and reconciliation or a pawn in the power struggle of those who now wish to claim him in Sonny-Rett's name?"--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

2001  Black Caucus of the America Library Association Award

NamePayne, Sonny

TopicsAfrican American families
Americans in foreign countries
Racial conflict
Family histories
Family secrets
Jazz musicians
SettingParis, France
Brooklyn, New York
Poor neighborhood