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Publisher's Summary

The death of legendary jazz trumpeter Joss Moody exposes an extraordinary secret. Unbeknown to all but his wife Millie, Joss was a woman living as a man. The discovery is most devastating for their adopted son, Colman, whose bewildered fury brings the press to the doorstep and sends his grieving mother to the sanctuary of a remote Scottish village.
©1998 Jackie Kay (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd
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By Colin on 05-24-17

Beautiful and True

A beautiful meditation on what it's like to change identities, and to be true to yourself; about grief and forgiveness; about the funny problems of conventional life, and unconventional life too. It rings true.

Amazing narration, by an actor so skilled at making not just different accents but different people come alive in the recording.

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By Maggie on 01-06-17

Amazing characterization and performance to match

The narrator was great, the different voices made it easy to distinguish between characters and sections. There is one section in particular where the text flows from the son speaking as a 30 something young man to his memories as a child and the narrator's change in voice provides as seamless and smooth a transition as the text.

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By Ian C. on 11-20-16

Touching, Cathartic, Thought-Provoking

Deep, emotional exploration of identity, love, and the interconnectedness of humanity. Each character has their own story to tell, affected by the event at the start of the novel in a different way. Ultimately however, they are brought together for their connection to a single special person, their understanding of what Joss truly is: not male or female, or black or white, but human. Fantastic read

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By Mrs Kate Evans on 02-03-14

Love, loss and some laughs.

Would you consider the audio edition of Trumpet to be better than the print version?

Yes. I have the print edition but am currently hooked on all things audio.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Definitely Millie. I liked her honesty, the fact that what she and Joss had was no less real than any other couple

Which character – as performed by Cathleen McCarron – was your favourite?

Again it was Millie. Some heartbreakingly tender descriptions of her love for Joss.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

If music be the food of love, play Jazz.

Any additional comments?

Thoroughly enjoyed the book.

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