Accordion Crimes

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Accordion Crimes
First edition
AuthorE. Annie Proulx
CountryUnited States
Publication date
Media typePrint

Accordion Crimes is a 1996 novel by American writer E. Annie Proulx.[1] It followed her Pulitzer Prize-winning 1993 work The Shipping News and was shortlisted for the 1997 Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction.[2]

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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.[3] 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.


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 Theatre. The play premiered on September 9, 2011.


  1. ^ "Fiction book review - Accordion Crimes". Publishers Weekly. May 3, 1966. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  2. ^ Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction Archived 2008-07-08 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 23 August 2007.
  3. ^ "The New York Times - The Song of the Squeeze-Box". The New York Times. June 23, 1996. Retrieved 22 September 2020.

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