Delta Blues

Delta Blues

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A dollar donation for every book sold will be given to the Rock River Foundation, a charity dedicated to helping the arts and literacy in the Delta.

Contributing to the volume are Ace Atkins, Lynne Barrett, James Lee Burke, Suzann Ellingsworth, Beth Ann Fennelly, Bill Fitzhugh, Tom Franklin, John Grisham, Carolyn Haines, Charlaine Harris, Suzanne Hudson, Alice Jackson, Dean James, Toni L.P. Kelner, Michael Lister, Daniel Martine, Mary Saums, David Sheffield, Nathan Singer, and Les Standiford.

From the introduction by Morgan Freeman:

This collection of short fiction captures both the art of the tale and the power of the blues, and is a nod at the human condition that often inspires musicians to write and sing the blues. These stories tell about bad men and bad women who sometimes do good—or sometimes follow their true nature. Some of these characters know all about the dangers of making a bargain with the devil. And some know the power of redemption. These are characters who would not be out of place in a Honeyboy Edwards tune, and would be right at home alongside the desolate wail of Clarksdale, Mississippi, native Son House.


Publisher: Madison, WI : Tyrus Books, 2010
ISBN: 9781935562078
Branch Call Number: DELTA
Characteristics: 400 p.
Additional Contributors: Haines, Carolyn

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LauraSteinert
Aug 19, 2016

I was very excited to finally get my turn to read this,and it started off great. But half the stories take place between 1900 and 1950, and those stories just fall flat. The more current stories, and those stories focused on musicians rather than the past are very good. There is plenty of racial violence and wife abuse I have to worry about today for me to dwell on violence from before I was born.

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