By Annie Proulx
The 3rd novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of 'The transport News', 'Accordion Crimes' spans generations, continents and a century and confirms the hallucinatory energy of Proulx's writing. 'Accordion Crimes' is a masterpiece of story-telling that spans a century and a continent. It opens in 1890 in Sicily, whilst an accordion-maker and his son, wearing little greater than his best button accordion, commence their voyage to the teeming, violent port of latest Orleans. inside a yr, the accordion-maker is murdered by means of an anti-Italian lynch mob, yet his device incorporates the unconventional into one other group of immigrants: German-Americans founding a brand new city in South Dakota. relocating from South Dakota to Texas, from Montana to Maine, the 9 immediately compelling and intricately attached sections of the unconventional remove darkness from the lives of the founders of a state, descendants of Mexicans, Poles, Germans, Irish, Scots and Franco-Canadians. in the course of the song of the accordion they exhibit their fantasies, sorrows and enthusiasm.
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