Love in the Years of Lunacy by Mandy Sayer
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From an award-winning novelist comes a wonderfully inspiring story about the ill-fated love affair between a white female jazz saxophonist and a black American GI, set against the backdrop of 1940s Sydney.

Sydney, 1942. Pearl is eighteen, beautiful, and impetuous. She plays saxophone in an all-girl jazz band at the Trocadero and occasionally sits in on underground gigs with her twin brother, Martin, who also plays the sax. One evening, black GI and jazz legend James Washington blows into her life, and love begins to unfold against the blacked-out nights and rumor-filled days of a city in the grip of war.

When James is shipped out to fight in New Guinea, Pearl hatches a breathtaking plan to reunite with him. And then all hell breaks loose. Internationally acclaimed author Mandy Sayer writes with astonishing insight and tenderness in this audaciously original novel—a romance with a haunting jazz soundtrack and a war story like no other.

About Mandy Sayer

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Mandy Sayer has written several books of fiction and nonfiction. Her awards include the Vogel Literary Award, the National Biography Award, the South Australian Premier’s Award for Nonfiction, the Age Book of the Year for Nonfiction and the Davitt Award for Young Adult Fiction. Sayer is a regular columnist for the Australian newspaper and the Wentworth Courier. She lives in Sydney.
Published November 6, 2012 by Atria Books. 336 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Romance, War. Fiction

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Pearl should have stayed in Sydney and waited out the war for her hero’s return, since unfortunately, it’s at this point that the book begins a downward slide with repetitious action, naïve characters and ludicrous behaviors bogging down the core of the story until, blessedly, the book grinds its...

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Sayer’s beguiling tale of ill-fated love, adventure, jazz, and the Pacific theater of WWII is framed by half-Aboriginal Jimmy Willis, “Australia’s First Indigenous Crime Writer,” accepting the challenge left behind by Pearl Willis, his deceased aunt, to “make her story sing.” That sto...

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