IVORY JOE Martyn Burke

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Published: October 2nd 2010

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303 pages


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IVORY JOE  by  Martyn Burke

IVORY JOE by Martyn Burke
October 2nd 2010 | Nook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 303 pages | ISBN: | 10.35 Mb

Originally published by Bantam Books, here is a love story that begins with the divorce: a riotous, colorful, nostalgic tale of an unusual girls coming of age amid the swirling adult world of New York nightlife, with its Runyonesque mix of gamblers,MoreOriginally published by Bantam Books, here is a love story that begins with the divorce: a riotous, colorful, nostalgic tale of an unusual girls coming of age amid the swirling adult world of New York nightlife, with its Runyonesque mix of gamblers, showgirls, and mobsters.Christie Klein isnt fazed by the wild parties thrown by Leo, her utterly lovable, charmingly irresponsible father, while her mother, Tina, spends yet another night in jail for illegally picketing Leos Seventh Avenue dress factory.

Christie and her sister, Ruthie, are accustomed to the liquor and the smoke, the raucous laughter - and always, the wonderful music.For Christie, music means her mothers newest quest: stardom for Negro singer, Ivory Joe, in a world dominated by white singers and mob-controlled record companies. By necessity Ivory Joe is a boxer. But by calling he is a heart-busting singer and pianist who practices his craft nightly in dusty backrooms.

With his group, The Classics, Ivory Joe is ushering in a strange, pulsating, erotic new music that would come to be known as rock n roll.Through it all Christie tells us the tangled love story of her parents, who met in a 52nd Street nightclub when Leo came in to shake down Tinas date for an overdue gambling debt. Leo grew up in the Bronx along with other street kids who pushed garment racks on Seventh Avenue before going into loan-sharking for the Mafia. Tina grew up in a shabby Brooklyn walk-up, smart and tough enough to do anything: road-managing Ivory Joe and The Classics in the bitterly divided deep South, succeeding at photojournalism, organizing unions - even keeping the affection of an irrepressible rake of an ex-husband.Now Christie and Ruthie - who longingly compare their pre-adolescent womanhood to the voluptuous nudes on the back of Leos gambling cards - earnestly scheme to put their parents rocky marriage back together.

But the girls have plenty of growing up to do themselves before they can help the wildly incompatible Leo and Tina - or cope with Ivory Joes turbulent ascent to success.In this warm, witty novel set in a more innocent time, 1950s America, Martyn Burke establishes himself as a writer with a sure voice all his own. Burkes evocation goes far beyond nostalgia. He conjures up unforgettable characters and achingly real personalities who linger long after the last page has been turned.



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