The Time of Our Singing: A Novel

The Time of Our Singing: A Novel

Richard Powers


On Easter day, 1939, at Marian Anderson's epochal live performance at the Washington Mall, David Strom, a German Jewish émigré scientist, meets Delia Daley, a tender Philadelphia Negro learning to be a singer. Their mutual love of song attracts them jointly, and-against all odds and higher judgment-they marry. They vow to elevate their kids past time, past id, steeped merely in track. Jonah, Joseph, and Ruth develop up, even if, through the Civil Rights period, coming of age within the violent Sixties, and residing out maturity within the racially retrenched past due century. Jonah, the eldest, "whose voice can make heads of country repent," follows a lifestyles in his mom and dad' liked classical song. Ruth, the youngest, devotes herself to group activism and repudiates the white tradition her brother represents. Joseph, the center baby and the narrator of this generation-bridging story, struggles to discover himself and stay attached to them either.

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