The Game of Love and Death (Hardcover)

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Part historical fiction, part fantasy, in this story Love and Death are personified and have been playing a game with human lives for centuries. For every round of the game, they each select a player. According to the rules, neither Love nor Death is supposed to intervene. The stakes are different each time, but in the game of love, the penalty of losing is death. And Death never loses. Flora and Henry already have obstacles between them. In 1930s Seattle, Flora is a jazz singer, but her true passion is flying. She has no time for a relationship, especially with a white boy, even if he is a fellow musician. Love refuses to lose this particular match, even if it means breaking the rules. But Death has never lost a game and she has no intention of losing this one.

— From Holiday Picks 2015


Flora and Henry were born a few blocks from each other, innocent of the forces that might keep a white boy and an African American girl apart; years later they meet again and their mutual love of music sparks an even more powerful connection. But what Flora and Henry don't know is that they are pawns in a game played by the eternal adversaries Love and Death, here brilliantly reimagined as two extremely sympathetic and fascinating characters. Can their hearts and their wills overcome not only their earthly circumstances, but forces that have battled throughout history? In the rainy Seattle of the 1920's, romance blooms among the jazz clubs, the mansions of the wealthy, and the shanty towns of the poor. But what is more powerful: love? Or death?

About the Author

Martha Brockenbrough is the author of two books for adults and five books for young readers, including The Game of Love and Death, which earned four starred reviews and was a Kirkus Prize finalist; Devine Intervention; and The Dinosaur Tooth Fairy. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and their two daughters. Visit her online at
Product Details
ISBN: 9780545668347
ISBN-10: 0545668344
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Publication Date: April 28th, 2015
Pages: 336
Language: English