In 1949, Sonny-Rett Payne, a jazz pianist, fled New York for Paris to escape both his family's disapproval of his music and the racism that shadowed his career. Now, decades later, his eight-year-old grandson is brought to Payne's old Brooklyn neighborhood to attend a memorial concert in his honor. The child's visit reveals the persistent family and community rivalries that drove his grandfather into exile.
The Fisher King -- a moving story of jazz, love, family conflict, and the artists' struggles in society -- offers hope in the healing and redemptive power of one memorable boy.
San Francisco Chronicle Paule Marshall is one of our finest American novelists. Applauded by critics, treasured by readers, her books not only attest to her great gifts as a storyteller, they are also filled with the particular blend of wisdom, generosity, humor, and passion that has distinguished her writing over the years.