Esi Edugyan

Esi Edugyan

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Esi Edugyan has a Masters in Writing from Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars. Her work has appeared in several anthologies, including Best New American Voices 2003, ed. Joyce Carol Oates, and Revival: An Anthology of Black Canadian Writing (2006).

Her debut novel, The Second Life of Samuel Tyne, was published internationally. It was nominated for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, was a More Book Lust selection, and was chosen by the New York Public Library as one of 2004's Books to Remember.

Edugyan has held fellowships in the US, Scotland, Iceland, Germany, Hungary, Finland, Spain and Belgium. She has taught creative writing at both Johns Hopkins University and the University of Victoria, and has sat on many international panels, including the Le...more

Average rating: 3.62 · 8,462 ratings · 1,221 reviews · 3 distinct works · Similar authors
Half Blood Blues
3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 8,340 ratings — published 2011 — 33 editions
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The Second Life of Samuel Tyne
2.79 of 5 stars 2.79 avg rating — 119 ratings — published 2004 — 13 editions
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Dreaming of Elsewhere: Obse...
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 3 ratings — published 2014 — 2 editions
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March 2012, Esi Edugyan
"Her Favorite Books About Jazz: Feel the rhythm in these swinging picks from the author of Half-Blood Blues, a historical novel set in 1940s Berlin and occupied Paris." ...More

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“Folks think a lifetime is a thing stretched out over years. It ain't. It can happen quick as a match in a dark room.”
Esi Edugyan, Half Blood Blues

“It's like that, I guess, when the past come to collect what you owe.”
Esi Edugyan, Half Blood Blues

“I guess mercy is a muscle like any other. You got to exercise it, or it just cramp right up.”
Esi Edugyan, Half Blood Blues


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