This morning I finished Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan, it is one of the CBC Canada Reads contenders for 2014. I definitely learned something after reading this book. I’ve never thought about the black experience in Nazi Germany during WW2. Esi Edugyan certainly was able to put the reader in the middle of all of the chaos of that war. The language and the culture of jazz musicians of that time period seemed to ring true. The only thing I didn’t feel was the emotion. The fear of being hunted and hated for simply being different was present in the novel but I didn’t feel it like I thought I should. What I did like about this book is the way the story is presented it pulls you in from the beginning and holds you to the last page.