I just got finished reading Trumpet by Jackie Kay, and I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed it.
Trumpet is a story about grief. Before the start of the book, the famous (fictional) jazz musician Joss Moody dies. The story mostly focuses on his wife and son as they not only come to terms with their loss, but deal with the world discovering Joss’ secret: that he was a woman living as a man.
The language is very poetic throughout, and I think it feels very raw as a result. It really brings home the sadness of the situation, and I genuinely felt choked up at points as I was reading. The story moves along gently, but firmly, and you never doubt that the conclusion will be satisfying. In fact, I’d say it was one of the best endings I’ve read for a while.
I was really moved by this book, and I would definitely recommend it.