Jack of Diamonds

Jack of Diamonds

Book - 2013
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A spellbinding story of chance, music, corruption, and love set in 1930s Toronto. During the Great Depression there is little hope for a boy born into the slums of Cabbagetown, Toronto. But Jack Spayd is offered a ticket out in the form of a Hohner harmonica, won by his brutal, drunken father in a late-night card game. Jack makes music as a way to escape his surroundings, and his talent leads him to a jazz club and, eventually, to the jazz piano. Jack is a virtuoso and hits the road, enchanting audiences in Canada, wartime Europe, and Las Vegas.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Penguin, 2013, c2012.
ISBN: 9780143188193
Branch Call Number: COURT
Characteristics: 711 p. ; 23 cm.


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barigsoy Aug 12, 2017

Wow! Courteney is a fantastic storyteller. Aside from a bit in the middle about Jack's musical education which I felt went on a bit too long, and the fact that Jack seems tad too lucky sometimes, the story flows beautifully. I loved all the characters and the fact that it was set in the town where I grew up. I wish the book was longer than 711 pages! This was Courteney's last book. I would definitely recommend it.

Dec 20, 2016

A really good read :) thoroughly enjoyed.

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