Review: Jackie Kay’s “Trumpet”

by writereaderly

jackie kay trumpetEC and SL had both highly recommended Jackie Kay’s writing and/or humour, so I snaffled this on my latest library shelf-trawl, and what a good (first!) novel this one was. In a chorus of voices – widow, son, mother, hack journalist, etc. – characters respond to the death of jazz trumpet great Joss Moody: ta-da, Joss was actually Josephine Moore but had been living as a man for at least 40 years. Sensitive, matter-of-fact, written with delicacy and aplomb, it’s a very good, very absorbing novel. Highly recommended. PS Love the sly titling.

Where it came from: Library
Time and manner of reading:
Gallery cafe, bed and bath reads over one evening
Where it went: Home
Best line of the book:
Reminds me of/that: If memory serves, Rose Tremain wrote a first-person parallel in Sacred Country
Who I’d recommend it to:
Curious, lit-lovers – but especially those interested to learn about other genders’ experiences
Also reading: Being Alive edited by Neil Astley; Peeling the Onion by Günter Grass; Returning the Gift edited by Joseph Bruchac; Moments of Desire edited by Susan Hawthorne and Jenny Pausacker