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Burke Ivory Joe final coverby Martyn Burke

 

Originally published by Bantam Books and hailed by critics, this love story, set in 1950s New York, Havana, and the deep south, begins with a divorce. In the eyes of Christie, their young daughter, Leo and Tina Klein, mismatched and volatile, belong together. Leo, a charming rogue and a player in New York’s garment industry, skates too close to the mob. Tina, a leftist activist who regularly pickets on behalf of the disadvantaged, has appointed herself manager of Joseph (“Ivory Joe”) Coulter, an ex boxer and a heart-busting black musician at a turning point in popular music history. Meg Wolitzer wrote in the New York Times: “Mr. Burke weaves a deft plot involving the attempted theft of one of Ivory Joe’s songs, ‘Ghost Lover,’ and the ensuing escapades are frantic and convincing….Martyn Burke knows his territory and he keeps a jazzed up pace appropriate to the story and the era. …A real pleasure.”


Praise for Ivory Joe:

“Ivory Joe is the kind of book that reminds you that reading can be tremendous fun…Burke handles competing story lines with the gutsy elan of a ringmaster and his circus has a dazzling array of rings…Martyn Burke is a storyteller of lavish generosity.”

Washington Post

“Thanks to a rollicking story and a motley crowd of engaging characters, Ivory Joe is entertaining and compelling, and author Martyn Burke’s enthusiasm for and knowledge about the era, especially its music, makes [for an] agreeable reading experience.”

Chicago Tribune

“Mr. Burke weaves a deft plot involving the attempted theft of one of Ivory Joe’s songs, Ghost Lover, and the ensuing escapades are frantic and convincing….Martyn Burke knows his territory and he keeps a jazzed up pace appropriate to the story and the era. …A real pleasure.”

Meg Wolitzer, New York Times

“…a raucous rock extravaganza with heart and soul.”

Publishers Weekly

“Burke is a master at dialogue, comic subplots and vivid energy…Ivory Joe is wonderfully satisfying, leaving the reader grinning contentedly long after the book’s end.”

San Francisco Chronicle

Read or write a review for Ivory Joe on Goodreads here.


Ivory Joe is available for purchase from the following vendors:

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