Jazz blazes with an intensity more usually found in tragic poetry of the past, not in fiction today.... Morrison's voice transcends
colour and creed and she has become one of America's outstanding post-war writers' GuardianJoe Trace - in his fifties, door-to-door
salesman of Cleopatra beauty products, erstwhile devoted husband - shoots dead his lover of three months, the impetuous, eighteen-year-old
Dorcas. At the funeral, his determined, hard-working wife, Violet, who is given to stumbling into dark mental cracks, tries
with a knife to disfigure the corpse. Passionate and profound, Jazz brings us back and forth in time, in a narrative assembled
from the hopes, fears and realities of black urban life.