White Tears by Hari Kunzru is amazing. The story starts when a popular kid, rich heir to a private-prison empire, befriends a seemingly bland audio-nerd sidekick. Together they DJ college parties and become big men on campus. After graduation they move to Brooklyn to open a recording studio specializing in making new records sound old. Then, they pull a harmless-seeming prank: they post a counterfeit blues song to the internet, calling it a newly-discovered rare recording. Immediately afterwards, all hell breaks loose (almost literally). The hats Kunzru wears in this novel are myriad: ghost story, class-privilege satire, southern gothic, cultural-appropriation cautionary tale, you name it. He wears them all well. Oh yeah—it’s also a page-turner of the highest degree. White Tears is a huge success. Recommended by Danny
White Tears is a ghost story, a terrifying murder mystery, a timely meditation on race, and a love letter to all the forgotten geniuses of American music and Delta Mississippi Blues.