The Jazz Palace

Mary Morris (Author)
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Product Details

Anchor Books
Publish Date
March 08, 2016
5.1 X 0.8 X 8.0 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

Mary Morris is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including the novels A Mother's Love and House Arrest, as well as the travel memoir classic Nothing to Declare: Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone. The recipient of the Rome Prize in literature and a grant from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, she was raised in Chicago and now lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.


"Riveting. . . . As her tale unfolds, we know that we are in the hands of a master." --Christina Baker Kline, author of The Orphan Train

"The Jazz Palace understands what great things come from staying light on your feet. . . . The historical material itself seems to dance." --The Washington Post

"There is a reason I have always called Mary Morris my writing mentor: she taught me everything I know; and here is the living proof." --Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of The Storyteller

"Vibrant. . . . With brio, Morris creates music on the page." --The New York Times Book Review

"A bittersweet, deeply lyrical but eyes-wide-open look at Chicago before and during Prohibition." --Chicago Tribune

"In this incandescent tour-de-force, Mary Morris takes us on a riveting journey that soars and tugs on our heartstrings just as if it were music itself." --Dani Shapiro, author of Family History and Still Writing

"The Jazz Palace is a sweeping tribute, a jazz ode, by a wonderful writer to her native city." --Valerie Martin, author of Property and The Ghost of the Mary Celeste

"Haunting and dreamlike, there is no other word for this novel but masterpiece." --Caroline Leavitt, author of Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You

"Packed with so much love, heartbreak, endurance. . . . In The Jazz Palace, Mary Morris has written an exquisite love letter to her home town, Chicago. And yet the book transcends time and place." --Peter Orner, author of Love and Shame and Love

"A graceful and involving affirmation of the transcendent power of art." --Booklist (starred review)

"As fluid and nuanced as the music it celebrates, Morris's narrative brings physical details, the power of music, and the sweeping history of Chicago . . . to memorable life." --Publishers Weekly