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Accordion Crimes (1996) [Novel]
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Accordion Crimes opens in 1890 in Sicily as an accordion maker completes his finest instrument—nineteen polished bone buttons, sleek lacquer—and dreams of owning a music store in America. He and his eleven-year-old son, carrying little more than the green accordion, voyage to the teeming, violent port of New Orleans. Within a year, the accordion maker is murdered by an anti-Italian lynching mob, but his instrument carries Proulx's story into another community of immigrants, the German Americans, founding a town in Iowa. Again, the accordion is witness to an astonishing array of tales as Beutle, Messermacher, Loats and their families make and lose fortunes in the new land. The little green accordion falls into the hands of various immigrants who carry it from Iowa to Texas, from Maine to Louisiana, looking for a decent life. Descendants of Mexicans, Africans, Poles, Germans, Norwegians, Irish, Basques and Franco-Canadians, they work their way into a harshly racist American culture at the cost of their identity, language and traditions. The music of the accordion is their last link with the past—voice for their fantasies, sorrows and exuberance—but it, too, is forced to change.

Original title: Accordion Crimes
Original languages: English

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Genre: FictionGeneral FictionEthnic And MulticulturalImmigrant
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Accordion Crimes (1996)
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Language: English

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Accordion Crimes (June 17, 1997)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Scribner
ISBN: 9780684831541
Dimensions: 5.3 x 8.1 x 0.9 in
Pages: 432

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Accordion Crimes (June 5, 1997)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Fourth Estate
ISBN: 9781857025750
Dimensions: 5 x 7.4 x 1.4 in
Pages: 544

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Accordion Crimes (June 19, 1996)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Scribner
ISBN: 9780684195483
Dimensions: 6 x 9.1 x 1.2
Pages: 381

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Accordion Crimes (October 7, 1996)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Fourth Estate
ISBN: 9781857025088
Pages: 384

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Accordion Crimes (September 19, 1996)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: Waterville, Maine
Publisher: Thorndike Press
ISBN: 9780786208012
Dimensions: 5.7 x 9.3 x 1.5 in
Pages: 778
Notes: Large Print Edition

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Accordion Crimes (June 24, 1996)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Fourth Estate
ISBN: 9781857025095
Pages: 384

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