Trumpet

Trumpet In her starkly beautiful and wholly unexpected tale Jackie Kay delves into the most intimate workings of the human heart and mind and offers a triumphant tale of loving deception and lasting devotion

  • Title: Trumpet
  • Author: Jackie Kay
  • ISBN: 9780375704635
  • Page: 485
  • Format: Paperback
  • In her starkly beautiful and wholly unexpected tale, Jackie Kay delves into the most intimate workings of the human heart and mind and offers a triumphant tale of loving deception and lasting devotion.The death of legendary jazz trumpeter Joss Moody exposes an extraordinary secret, one that enrages his adopted son, Colman, leading him to collude with a tabloid journalist.In her starkly beautiful and wholly unexpected tale, Jackie Kay delves into the most intimate workings of the human heart and mind and offers a triumphant tale of loving deception and lasting devotion.The death of legendary jazz trumpeter Joss Moody exposes an extraordinary secret, one that enrages his adopted son, Colman, leading him to collude with a tabloid journalist Besieged by the press, his widow Millie flees to a remote Scottish village, where she seeks solace in memories of their marriage The reminiscences of those who knew Joss Moody render a moving portrait of a shared life founded on an intricate lie, one that preserved a rare, unconditional love.

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    About "Jackie Kay"

    1. Jackie Kay

      Born in Glasgow in 1961 to a Scottish mother and a Nigerian father, Kay was adopted by a white couple, Helen and John Kay, as a baby Brought up in Bishopbriggs, a Glasgow suburb, she has an older adopted brother, Maxwell as well as siblings by her adoptive parents.Kay s adoptive father worked full time for the Communist Party and stood for election as a Member of Parliament, and her adoptive mother was the secretary of the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament CND.Initially harbouring ambitions to be an actress, she decided to concentrate on writing after encouragement by Alasdair Gray She studied English at the University of Stirling and her first book of poetry, the partially autobiographical The Adoption Papers, was published in 1991, and won the Saltire Society Scottish First Book Award Her other awards include the 1994 Somerset Maugham Award for Other Lovers, and the Guardian Fiction Prize for Trumpet, based on the life of American jazz musician Billy Tipton, born Dorothy Tipton, who lived as a man for the last fifty years of her life.Kay writes extensively stage, screen, and for children In 2010 she published Red Dust Road, an account of her search for her birth parents, a white Scottish woman, and a Nigerian man Her birth parents met when her father was a student at Aberdeen University and her mother was a nurse Her drama The Lamplighter is an exploration of the Atlantic slave trade It was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in March 2007 and published in poem form in 2008.Jackie Kay became a Member of the Order of the British Empire MBE on 17 June 2006 She is currently Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University Kay lives in Manchester.Jackie Kay was born and brought up in Scotland THE ADOPTION PAPERS Bloodaxe, 1991 won the Forward Prize, a Saltire prize and a Scottish Arts Council Prize DARLING was a poetry book society choice FIERE, her most recent collection of poems was shortlisted for the COSTA award Her novel TRUMPET won the Guardian Fiction Award and was shortlisted for the IMPAC award RED DUST ROAD, Picador won the Scottish Book of the Year Award, was shortlisted for the JR ACKERLEY prize and the LONDON BOOK AWARD She was awarded an MBE in 2006, and made a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002 Her book of stories WISH I WAS HERE won the Decibel British Book Award She also writes for children and her book RED CHERRY RED Bloomsbury won the CLYPE award She has written extensively for stage and television Her play MANCHESTER LINES produced by Manchester Library Theatre was on this year in Manchester Her new book of short stories REALITY, REALITY was recently published by Picador She is Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University.

    912 thoughts on “Trumpet”

    1. "When the love of your life dies, the problem is not that some part of you dies too, which it does, but that some part of you is still alive."What makes up identity?Is it your family?You accent?Where you're born?Where you're raised?Is it what you do?Is it how you do it?Is it the clothes you wear?Is it your age?Is your gender? Is it who you fall in love with?Is it who you respect?Trumpet is a beautiful investigation into the question of how people derive a sense of identity under circumstances wh [...]


    2. this is the story of joss moody, a fictional trumpet player with a west indian father and a white scottish mother; the story is inspired by billy tipton, a real-life sax and piano player. in fact, there are no similarities between these two men except for the fact that they both were prominent jazz musicians and both were biological women who lived as men. the element of race is so important in Trumpet -- as important, really, as the element of gender -- that billy tipton, who was white, seems b [...]


    3. How in God's name I have missed this book is amazing. I devoured it in 2 days. I am not usually a fan of people who write like poets but I have to say Jackie Kay's trumpet is a very well written book. When I first heard of this book, I though that I would be reading about how Joss Moody decided to become a man, how he managed to pull it off, the challanges he might have met along the way. But NO, this book is a whole lot bigger than that.This book is all about love. How you can love someone so m [...]


    4. Trumpet is the August pick for the Banging Book Club, an online, tweet-fuelled read of books about sex and sexuality hosted by Hannah Witton, Leena Norms, and Lucy Moon. This is a nice change of pace after a few months of non-fiction books. All of the fiction books so far have been excellent but in such different ways. The two previous novels (Asking For It and All the Rage) had similar topics but very different narrative and thematic approaches; each broke my heart, though. Trumpet is quite dif [...]


    5. Beautifully written and extremely poignant, Trumpet explores issues of gender, race and identity in the modern world. The story is told through a series of short vignettes written from the perspective of people who knew or encountered Joss Moody, a world famous jazz musician who, it was found after his death, had been assigned female gender at birth. Particularly moving are the pictures of the grief felt by Joss' wife after his death, the sense of betrayal experienced by his adoptive son and the [...]


    6. Thank fuck that's done. Not because it was bad - the opposite - because it was unrelenting, heart-breaking and brutal. Reading it's like being in a car crash, with you going through the windscreen in the first few chapters and the rest just the grind of the miles of asphalt against your face as you're carried forward by your own momentum. This book is about the revelation after his death that Joss Moody was a trans man, given the name at birth of Josephine Moore. The book focuses largely on the [...]


    7. I don't know how I had never heard of this book before my dear friend recommended it to me a few months back. How could I have missed such a literary masterpiece? I feel like this novel should be counted among the great and groundbreaking novels to date. Jackie Kay really analyzed how prurient the world can be. Joss Moody is the main character, but does not narrate at all, and is actually dead from the first page to the last. Joss Moody, the famous Jazz Artist has a secret. How this secret affec [...]


    8. I read this one pretty fast--it's a quick read in general, but you just don't want to stop. The writing style perfectly winds all these characters and their reactions together in a way that is so sympathetic and believable that it is hard to understand how this is fiction.The most important characters of this novel is, sadly, fictional--Joss Moody is a mixed-race Scottish jazz trumpet player who chose to live his life identifying as male, despite that fact that he was born female and lived much [...]


    9. I've read this book twice, shortly after its publication and recently for a book-club discussion. The prose is lovely and the story compelling. However, I did not understand what motivated any of the major characters to do the things they did, excluding the son Colman. Millicent's love of Joss and grief upon losing him was written about in a convincing manner. However, I did not understand her character fully. She didn't seem to have any substance aside from loving Joss and holding his secret. I [...]


    10. This is the first Jackie Kay novel I've read and it was enjoyable, but there was a deeply upsetting aspect to it. The story follows the loved ones of late Jazz musician Joss Moody, who upon his death, it is revealed he is actually a woman. Now the narrative does skip between a few different people, some of whom aren't particularly sensitive considering pronouns, though I do see this is very realistic it is still upsetting. Still it was an enjoyable and interesting narrative, the story was addict [...]


    11. After his death, it's revealed to the world that the famous male trumpet player Joss Moody turns out to have been assigned female at birth. Mostly a novel about the way his son grapples with this truth, the story is told through everyone's voice except for the deceased (save a few slightly-redeeming pages). The son's journey toward understanding his father is painful to read, but also somewhat powerful. Overall the book fell short of moving me, even felt frustrating at times, but was an interest [...]


    12. (Original review posted on my livejournal account: intoyourlungsvejournal/)Why I Read It: Assigned for my Religious Themes in Literature class.Like Mootoo Shati's Cereus Blooms at Night, Jackie Kay's Trumpet explores the complexity of sexuality and gender. The novel follows the aftermath of the great jazz trumpeter Joss Moody, and follows his wife as she deals with the grief that comes with losing him. We also follow his son Colman, as he struggles with the revelation that his father was in fact [...]


    13. This book was a sensitive, complex memoir style fiction about the life and loves of a trans-man. When Joss moody the famous trumpet player dies, his family and friends need to come to terms with stuff they never knew about his past. Theoretically this book owes a lot to Judith Butler showing very clearly that gender is a performance, and also the odd way that what you see depends partly on your vantage point, players create gender together as a social effect not purely as an individual choice (b [...]


    14. Trumpet is a delight. Very loosely based on an actual event which took place in America, Jackie Kay moves the action to Scotland in the second half on the twentieth century. After the death of jazz trumpeter Joss Moody a lifelong deception is revealed which impacts in different ways on friends and family members. The shockwaves cause a press furore which drives his grief-stricken wife to seek shelter in the highland village which was the family's second home. Colman, the couple's adopted son, is [...]


    15. It’s not often that a book can completely surprise you. I mean ta-da, pull the wool over your eyes, gasp out loud surprise you.It’s clear from the start that Joss and Millie Moody share a secret and now that their secret is out life will never be the same. You get that on page one. Now see, I thought the secret was something to do with racial tensions or how this black man and white woman met and married or maybe how they managed to adopt their son. Some sort of sinister family secret or cri [...]


    16. This book is all about love.It is an absorbing type of book, but not a page turner. Reading it, is as if reading about real true feelings. One is overcome with tenderness towards the story, not some of the charakters. This book is truthfull to the last extent; but it tells the truth gently.The expressions, the descriptions, the short recollections. This story touches your heart. It doesnt grip it, possess you; but grow on you, become part of you from the very beginning.It will remain with you, m [...]


    17. Absolutely heartbreaking. Jackie Kay is just as good as I was led to believe and as a first novel (albeit from an established poet) this is phenomenal. I kept my sunglasses on long after the sun had gone down in an attempt to hide my tears from the other hotel guests around the pool.There's a hell of a lot in here and I'm sure it will stand up to several repeat readings. For me, first time through, this felt like a study of grief and of family and of racial issues, and barely about gender at all [...]


    18. 3.5 stars rounded up. The story of a transvestite black jazz trumpet player, a woman who bound her breasts in bandages and stuffed socks in her/his pants, married a woman and adopted a son. As told by the people affected (mainly the wife and son, but also the reporter writing a book, the undertaker, schoolfriends etc.) I enjoyed a lot of it, some great writing, but felt the characters of the son and the tabloid journalist edged into stereotype. I preferred Kay's stories I think. Still well worth [...]



    19. Slow burn, lasting. "Life, he told me, was like a fork of lightning. He could see exactly where one decision violently parted company with another and a new future flared up before him."




    20. I first came across Jay Kay when i read ‘The Adoption Papers’ in 2004 and i was instantly drawn to her writing style and how easily she universalises personal experiences, and renders them relatable to everyone, independent of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, social status and background. More than a decade later, I read her only novel up to date, and the experience was equally profound and notable as my first encounter with her. Trumpet is a very interesting and engaging novel in the way the n [...]


    21. I knew the secret of this book before I read it. Joss Moody, jazz trumpeter, extraordinaire is really a woman. So what, I thought. I also thought it would be set in some seedy jazz country called New York. But it’s not, it’s set in London, Glasgow and Torr and spans about sixty years from early fifties. And I’d guess, from reading Red Dust Road, it’s the kind of quiet place and space that Jackie Kay’s parents John and Ellen, who live in Townhead, Glasgow, piled in a car and too her and [...]


    22. Lasot jau šīs grāmatas pirmās lapuses,saprotu,ka grāmatas turpmākais teksts man varētu šķist interesants,jo grāmatas lapusēs ir raksturota mūzika,kas man pašai ir ļoti tuva. Džekijas Kejas sarakstītajā grāmatā "Trompete" ir spilgti kāda trompetista-Džosa Mūdija- dzīvesstāsts,taču viņš nomirsts un tikai tad var noskaidrot,kas viņš tāds bija,ko darīja,ko mīlēja,un pats galvenais- noskaidrot visu sarežģīto un līdz šim neizprasto. Pirms šī trompetista nāves n [...]


    23. I found this book to be surprisingly enjoyable. There are plenty of books and movies that make you challenge your understanding of gender and sexuality and often they will force imagery, visual or literary, that is designed to make the reader/viewer uncomfortable to raise questions about that discomfort (I'm thinking of "Brokeback Mountain" the story and film, for example, or The Crying Game). That is, the natural reaction to The Crying Game might be disgust or shock, but in the emotional contex [...]


    24. 3.5 out of 5.I really like Jackie Kay's writing. I've read Red Dust Road and reviewed it on here and want to get my hands on her collection of children's poetry. Trumpet, I think I'm correct, was her first novel. The premise is excellent: a black woman born in Scotland in the early 20th century grows up and becomes a famous trumpet player. And redefines herself as a man, calling himself Joss Moody (what a name!) It remains his and his wife's secret until he dies and all hell breaks loose on the [...]


    25. This was refreshing. After a stultifying experience with Trainspotting re: Contemporary Scottish Literature, Jackie Kay gives us a novel of borders and binaries and the hysteria individuals experience when these are deconstructed. Joss Moody is dead yet alive, a man yet a woman, British yet African: he is an unreal being that haunts the novel through the multi perspective narration. Wife, son, childhood friend, ex-housecleaner, funeral director, mortician: all reel from the death of this man, or [...]


    26. Joss Moody has died and the jazz world is in mourning. But in death, Joss can no longer guard the secret he kept all his life, and Colman, his son, must confront the truth: the man he believed to be his father was, in fact, a woman.Jackie Kay artfully considers ties between gender and the identity and impact someone can have on the world through the fictional jazz musician Joss Moody. Joss's life is explored in alternating narratives of those who knew him - those who knew his secret all along, t [...]


    27. 2010 bookcrossing journal:No lies were told - it was a good book. It was such a great basis to set a story on - a male trumpeter who turns out to be a woman, who never let on to anyone but his wife all his life. It was written so well, and didn't get too sensationalist or silly at any point. I liked the way it was told from various points of view; from Millie the wife through to the journalist trying to cash in, the doctor, the registrar and even the undertaker. A way of gathering different kind [...]


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