Accordion Crimes is a 1996 novel by American writer E. Annie Proulx. It followed her Pulitzer Prize-winning 1993 work The Shipping News and was shortlisted for the 1997 Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction.
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The novel begins in the nineteenth century, as a Sicilian accordion-maker comes to the United States in search of better opportunities. He is shot by an anti-Italian lynch mob, and his accordion falls into the hands of several other owners, many of whom meet painful ends themselves. The accordion traverses a continent, traveling to Louisiana, Iowa, Texas, Maine, Illinois, Montana, and Mississippi. The novel ends in 1996, when a group of Florida schoolchildren throws the accordion onto a highway, where the instrument is crushed by a truck.
Accordion Crimes inspired a play called Vaarallinen Harmonikka (Dangerous Accordion) in Finland. Writer Seppo Parkkinen and director Fiikka Forsman adapted the novel for the Turku City Theater (Turun Kaupunginteatteri). The play premiered on September 9, 2011.
^ Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction. Retrieved 23 August 2007.