Joe Okonkwo

Author of Jazz Moon:
WINNER: 2016 Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction
Finalist: 2016 Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Fiction

Jazz Moon Earns FANTASTIC Endorsements

I'm very excited to report that David Ebershoff, author of The 19th Wife and The Danish Girl (which was recently adapted for film) has endorsed Jazz Moon! He calls it "A passionate, alive, and original novel about love, race, and jazz in 1920s Harlem and Paris — a moving story of traveling far to find oneself."

David Ebershoff joins trailblazing author Larry Duplechan in endorsing my novel. Larry wrote the late 1980s novel Blackbird--the first black, gay coming-out story. This novel was also recently adapted for film. Larry says, “Jazz Moon mashes up essences of Hurston and Hughes and Fitzgerald into a heady mixtape of a romance: driving and rhythmic as an Armstrong Hot Five record, sensuous as the small of a Cotton Club chorus girl’s back. I enjoyed it immensely. Frankly, I wish I’d written it.”

I'm very pleased and very honored to have received such fantastic endorsements from these esteemed writers.