By Jim Crace
Seriously acclaimed writer Jim Crace returns with a masterful and soft new novel that explores the improvisational strength of jazz and the complexities of affection and violence.
Leonard Lessing is a British jazz musician whose lifestyles has turn into principally predictable and stagnant. whereas looking at the inside track one evening he acknowledges a guy who's conserving 4 hostages. the fellow is Maxie, a former acquaintance who he met eighteen years formerly in Austin, Texas. while he meets up with Maxie's daughter Lucy, Lennie needs to make a decision no matter if to take a seat silently, as he has such a lot of instances, or locate the braveness to visit the crime scene and very likely shop lives. A relocating and insightful novel, All That Follows proves once more that Jim Crace is considered one of our such a lot gifted and dynamic storytellers.
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