White Tears

White Tears

From one of the most talented fiction writers at work today: two ambitious young musicians are drawn into the dark underworld of blues record collecting, haunted by the ghosts of a repressive past.Two twenty-something New Yorkers. Seth is awkward and shy. Carter is the glamorous heir to one of America's great fortunes. They have one thing in common: an obsession with music...

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Title:White Tears
Author:Hari Kunzru
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ISBN:0451493699
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages

White Tears Reviews

  • Diane S ☔
    Mar 26, 2017
    3.5 Seth, our narrator is somewhat of a misfit, many are surprised when Carter, the son of a wealthy family, picks him to be his mate, best friend. They share a love of music, and both are avid collectors, though this collecting will soon turn into obsession when Seth, who takes to the streets to re...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    Oct 08, 2016
    I don't like to read the summary of a book before I read it. I started WHITE TEARS knowing Kunzru from some of his previous works and expecting a smart book on race in America. That is what I got, but it came in a package I wasn't expecting, a literary horror novel, a ghost story with a Blues soundt...
  • Sam
    Mar 02, 2017
    This book isn't what you think it is. This book wasn't what you thought it was. This book has always not been what you thought it would be.I felt like there were two books in White Tears, but the final, can't stop reading for anything 50 pages force the halves into sides A and B of the record, compl...
  • Jill
    Feb 25, 2017
    What is the connection between the listener and the musician? Does it matter that one of you is alive and one is dead? And which is which?In this brilliant new novel, Hari Kunzru explores these questions. The narrator, Seth, is a dweeby young man who is obsessed with recording sounds during his walk...
  • Shawn Mooney
    Apr 23, 2017
    Kunzru has plunked a couple young white men—obsessed with the Blues, with audio of all kinds—down into a mysterious, deeply American story of race, music, and violence, one steeped in Murikamiesque juices. Compulsively readable, the best and most important American novel I've read since Be...
  • poingu
    Mar 31, 2017
    An unnerving read that pulls the reader in nearly as many uncomfortable directions as it does its characters. The main narrator has a glib and superficial way of describing events, where the very dark currents of the novel are camouflaged for a time, only slipping into view intermittently. The fores...
  • Blair
    Apr 04, 2017
    I know I talk about books in terms of 'halves' or 'thirds' or 'quarters' a lot. It's something I've been telling myself to do less of. But sometimes it's absolutely necessary, and White Tears is one such case: it's very much a book of two halves.Seth is an awkward, lonely college student who's obses...
  • J. Kent Messum
    Apr 12, 2017
    *Review originally published in the New York Journal Of Books: http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/book-... There’s a lot going on in White Tears . . . maybe too much.The story starts off well. Two young white men meet in college and make a strong, but unlikely, connection through their shared love...
  • Judy
    Apr 23, 2017
    Five years ago I read Hari Kunzru's fourth novel, Gods Without Men. I was stunned by his imagination, his complicated world view, and his crackling prose. I have not yet read his earlier novels but I will. As soon as I could get a copy of his new novel from the library, I read it in three sittings....
  • Phrynne
    Apr 29, 2017
    I always enjoy reviewing the books I have read but every so often I come up against one where I honestly cannot think what to say about it! This is one of those books.I enjoyed it very much - the writing is beautiful - but I would have great difficulty trying to explain what it is about. I suppose i...