No Matter How Much You Promise to Cook or Pay the Rent You Blew It Cauze Bill Bailey Ain't Never Coming Home Again

No Matter How Much You Promise to Cook or Pay the Rent You Blew It Cauze Bill Bailey Ain't Never Coming Home Again

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Baker & Taylor
In a novel that explores the complexities of race and identity in America, half-Puerto Rican, half-Irish Vidamia Farrell is determined to find her real father, and when she locates him living with a second family, she is doubly determined to bring the once-gifted jazz musician back the music he loved so much. 40,000 first printing.

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An epic novel of jazz, race and the effects of war on an American family

This sweeping drama of intimately connected families --black, white, and Latino-- boldly conjures up the ever-shifting cultural mosaic that is America. At its heart is Vidamía Farrell, half Puerto Rican, half Irish, who sets out in search of the father she has never known. Her journey takes her from her affluent home to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where her father Billy Farrell now lives with his second family. Once a gifted jazz pianist, Billy lost two fingers in the Vietnam War and has since shut himself off from jazz.

In this powerful modern odyssey, Vidamía struggles to bring her father back to the world of jazz. Her quest gives her a new understanding of family, particularly through her half-sisters Fawn, a lonely young poet plagued with a secret, and Cookie, a sassy, streetsmart homegirl who happens to be "white." And when Vidamía becomes involved with a young African-American jazz saxophonist, she is forced to explore her own complex roots, along with the dizzying contradictions of race etched in the American psyche.

Edgardo Vega Yunqué vividly captures the myriad voices of our American idiom like a virtuoso spinning out a series of expanding riffs, by turns lyrical, deadly, flippant, witty, and haunting.
An epic novel of jazz, race and the effects of war on an American family

This sweeping drama of intimately connected families --black, white, and Latino-- boldly conjures up the ever-shifting cultural mosaic that is America. At its heart is Vidamía Farrell, half Puerto Rican, half Irish, who sets out in search of the father she has never known. Her journey takes her from her affluent home to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where her father Billy Farrell now lives with his second family. Once a gifted jazz pianist, Billy lost two fingers in the Vietnam War and has since shut himself off from jazz.

In this powerful modern odyssey, Vidamía struggles to bring her father back to the world of jazz. Her quest gives her a new understanding of family, particularly through her half-sisters Fawn, a lonely young poet plagued with a secret, and Cookie, a sassy, streetsmart homegirl who happens to be "white." And when Vidamía becomes involved with a young African-American jazz saxophonist, she is forced to explore her own complex roots, along with the dizzying contradictions of race etched in the American psyche.

Edgardo Vega Yunqué vividly captures the myriad voices of our American idiom like a virtuoso spinning out a series of expanding riffs, by turns lyrical, deadly, flippant, witty, and haunting.


Blackwell North Amer
Vidamia Farrell, half Puerto Rican, half Irish, sets out in search of the father she's never known. Her journey takes her from the affluent suburban home of her mother and stepfather to Manhattan's Lower East Side, where her father, Billy Farrell, lives with his second family. Once a gifted jazz pianist, Billy lost two fingers in the Vietnam War and thereafter shut himself off from the music he loved, tormented by guilt for having allowed his Marine buddy Joey to die.
Vidamia is determined to bring her father back to jazz. Along the way, she gains a new understanding of herself, particularly through her blond half sister - Cookie, a sassy, street-smart homegirl, and Fawn, a lonely young poet plagued with a secret - and through Billy's wife, Lurleen. Vidamia's connection to her new family troubles her mother, Elsa Santiago. The estrangement between mother and daughter deepens as Vidamia becomes involved with Wyndell Ross, a young African-American jazz saxophonist who provokes in her an awareness of her complex roots. In forging her identity, Vidamia must ultimately confront a harrowing vortex of violence whose devastating consequences threaten the family harmony she has sought.

Baker
& Taylor

Vidamia Farrell is determined to find her real father, and when she locates him living with a second family, she is determined to bring the once-gifted jazz musician back the music he loved so much.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2004
Edition: 1st ed
Description: vii, 797 p. : 21 cm
ISBN: 9780374223113
0374223114
9780312424022
0312424027
Branch Call Number: Vega

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