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 DeltaContributing 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 LP Kelner, Michael Lister, Daniel Martine, Mary Saums, David Sheffield, Nathan Singer, And Les StandifordFrom 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 This book is a collection of short stories about folks who live or come from around the Mississippi Delta The stories are all by different authors and edited by Carol Haines The stories are fascinating and touched with mysticism, and violence and murder and the Blues.It is impossible to review the 19 or 20 stories individually.so let me just say I loved every one When some time passes, I will read them again. Inspired by the blues well, DUH , this collection stretches from comic to nightmarishly dark and most of the stops in between with very few weak spots Most of them deal with crime in one way or another, and a few give established writers a chance to experiment, usually with satisfying results.There are nineteen stories in the collection, so let me simply say that many of the stories work well, starting with what looks like familiar ground and making a sudden turn that brought me along with the characters David Sheffield s Love In Vain was such a story So are Lynne Barrett s Blues for Veneece and The Sugar Cure by Carolyn Haines, who also edited this collection with a sure hand and surer eye.Toni L P Kelner s first PI story works well, with nice touches of irony, and John Grisham s Fetching Raymond uses understated irony and grim humor far better than I expected from reading some of his early novels Only one story failed for me, and maybe that s just me Daniel Martine, who usually writes screenplays, seemed to be trying too hard and came up with a tale that felt too self conscious and took much too long to accomplish the little that I saw coming before it got there While I ve read work by roughly half the writers in this collection before, I appreciated the solid biographical notes on each author at the end of the book, with what seem to be fairly complete bibliographies Great I m definitely going to look for books by some of the authors I ve just met for the first time Thank you to the publisher and to Carolyn Haines for introducing me. Something I really enjoyed about the selection of stories is that I used to live in the Mississippi Delta so I knew all the highways and little towns they wrote about Of course, sometimes that was problematic When one story mentioned that Mama listened to the King Biscuit Blues radio show across the river in Helena, Arkansas, I knew that, yes, it s across the river and about two hours north The wattage for the King Biscuit show was so low, I m not even sure it could have been heard two hours away You can still hear it, streaming online One particular problem was in the story Cuttin Heads The characters would be walking down the road in Greenville and then eating ice cream in Greenwood The two towns are too far away to casually go to one and then to the other Maybe I read it wrong but I felt like the author forgot from one page to another whether the character was in Greenville or Greenwood I also felt that the stories were whitecentric Is that a word I lived there about seven years, most of the Delta is about 75% African American, and yet most of the stories were about white people who were blues singers or white people who knew black people I m not familiar with all the writers of this anthology, but of the ones I m familiar with, they are all white authors That s okay but I m sure there are some fine black writers who could have been asked to write stories for an anthology called Delta Blues. I loved this book My son was a teacher for TFA in the Delta and lived in Clarksdale for a couple of years He is now a Vice Principal in Marks so we have spent some time in the Delta visiting him It is truly a unique culture and the blues music is awesome Thewe visit, theI appreciate the people, their struggles and their history These short story totally capture the flavor of the area and the authors are all very gifted I wanted the book to continue on and on.
Carolyn Haines is the USA Today bestselling author of over 70 books She was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Alabama Library Association, the Harper Lee Award for Distinguished Writing, the Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence, as well as the Best Amateur Sleuth award by Romantic Times Born and raised in Mississippi, she now lives in Alabama on a farm with
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- Delta Blues
- Carolyn Haines
- 07 November 2019 Carolyn Haines