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"A work of joy, of celebration...a great work of art, a rich and moving song of the human spirit."--Los Angeles Times
"A fictional tale spinner in the grand Southern tradition."--Washington Post Book World
The break-out novel by an unrecognized master--"a fictional tale spinner in the grand Southern tradition" (Washington Post Book World). Told from the point of view of a young Alabama college graduate in the 1920s, this brilliant novel recounts the exploits of a legendary jazz composer and his band on a tour that becomes a heroic journey "equivalent to the seven league strides of heroes in rocking chair story times."