The Time of Our Singing Richard Powers

The Time of Our Singing

Author: Richard Powers
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Book Title
The Time of Our Singing
Author
Richard Powers
ISBN
9780312422189
A magnificent, multifaceted novel about a supremely gifted--and divided--family, set against the backdrop of postwar America On Easter day, 1939, at Marian Anderson's epochal concert on the Washington Mall, David Strom, a German Jewish migr scientist, meets Delia Daley, a young Philadelphia Negro studying to be a singer. Their mutual love of music draws them together, and--against all odds and better judgment--they marry. They vow to raise their children beyond time, beyond identity, steeped only in song. Jonah, Joseph, and Ruth grow up, however, during the Civil Rights era, coming of age in the violent 1960s, and living out adulthood in the racially retrenched late century. Jonah, the eldest, whose voice could make heads of state repent, follows a life in his parents' beloved classical music. Ruth, the youngest, devotes herself to community activism and repudiates the white culture her brother represents. Joseph, the middle child and the narrator of this generation-bridging tale, struggles to find himself and remain connected to them both. The Time of Our Singing is a story of self-invention, allegiance, race, cultural ownership, the compromised power of music, and the tangled loops of time that rewrite all belonging.Binding Type: PaperbackAuthor: Richard PowersPublisher: Picador USAPublished: 01/01/2004ISBN: 9780312422189Pages: 640Weight: 1.10lbsSize: 8.10h x 5.40w x 1.30dReview Citations: New York Times 01/11/2004 pg. 24New Yorker (The) 04/13/2009 pg. 78

A magnificent, multifaceted novel about a supremely gifted--and divided--family, set against the backdrop of postwar America

On Easter day, 1939, at Marian Anderson's epochal concert on the Washington Mall, David Strom, a German Jewish migr scientist, meets Delia Daley, a young Philadelphia Negro studying to be a singer. Their mutual love of music draws them together, and--against all odds and better judgment--they marry. They vow to raise their children beyond time, beyond identity, steeped only in song. Jonah, Joseph, and Ruth grow up, however, during the Civil Rights era, coming of age in the violent 1960s, and living out adulthood in the racially retrenched late century. Jonah, the eldest, whose voice could make heads of state repent, follows a life in his parents' beloved classical music. Ruth, the youngest, devotes herself to community activism and repudiates the white culture her brother represents. Joseph, the middle child and the narrator of this generation-bridging tale, struggles to find himself and remain connected to them both.

The Time of Our Singing is a story of self-invention, allegiance, race, cultural ownership, the compromised power of music, and the tangled loops of time that rewrite all belonging.

Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Richard Powers
Publisher: Picador USA
Published: 01/01/2004
ISBN: 9780312422189
Pages: 640
Weight: 1.10lbs
Size: 8.10h x 5.40w x 1.30d

Review Citations: New York Times 01/11/2004 pg. 24
New Yorker (The) 04/13/2009 pg. 78

A magnificent, multifaceted novel about a supremely gifted--and divided--family, set against the backdrop of postwar America

On Easter day, 1939, at Marian Anderson's epochal concert on the Washington Mall, David Strom, a German Jewish migr scientist, meets Delia Daley, a young Philadelphia Negro studying to be a singer. Their mutual love of music draws them together, and--against all odds and better judgment--they marry. They vow to raise their children beyond time, beyond identity, steeped only in song. Jonah, Joseph, and Ruth grow up, however, during the Civil Rights era, coming of age in the violent 1960s, and living out adulthood in the racially retrenched late century. Jonah, the eldest, whose voice could make heads of state repent, follows a life in his parents' beloved classical music. Ruth, the youngest, devotes herself to community activism and repudiates the white culture her brother represents. Joseph, the middle child and the narrator of this generation-bridging tale, struggles to find himself and remain connected to them both.

The Time of Our Singing is a story of self-invention, allegiance, race, cultural ownership, the compromised power of music, and the tangled loops of time that rewrite all belonging.

Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Richard Powers
Publisher: Picador USA
Published: 01/01/2004
ISBN: 9780312422189
Pages: 640
Weight: 1.10lbs
Size: 8.10h x 5.40w x 1.30d

Review Citations: New York Times 01/11/2004 pg. 24
New Yorker (The) 04/13/2009 pg. 78