"Readers will get more of a feel for the music from Bontemps' Lonesome Boy (1955) or Hentoff's Jazz Country (1965), but Collier offers a convincing portrait of a feckless young person who's capable of fierce concentration when he's doing what matters to him. (Fiction. 11-14)"
When Paulie hears what his father calls ``that nigger music'' in a '20s Chicago club, it changes his life.
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