- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Spinsters Ink (October 28, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935226746
- ISBN-13: 978-1935226741
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,427,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wilson does a wonderful job of describing life as it was then, and in developing the characters of these two women. Their love is tender, and moving. The supporting characters are well drawn, and certainly made me care about them. Edited by Katherine V. Forrest, The Palace Blues is a very rich, unusual novel which is extremely well written.
Jean Bailey, an African American, cross-dressing singer is belting out the blues, and Frankie is enraptured and smitten. We follow Frankie as she follows Jean to St Louis (chapter 5), to Memphis (chapter 8) to Mississippi (chapter 11) to Alabama (page 110) to Decatur, Georgia (page 113) to Augusta, Georgia (chapter 14) The Gulf of Mexico (chapter 18) New Orleans (chapter 19) to East Texas (chapter 20) and back to New Orleans (chapter 21) as Jean plays 'the circuit" July to September. A hard hitting no holds barred novel of the way things really were in that era. My only regret is the last 2 pages of the novel.
For a terrific review, search "a story of a Prohibition-era lesbian romance by Maria Browning".
For a short video book trailer on YouTube search "The New Book Trailer for The Palace Blues".
For a author reading from the novel during the Writers' Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices, August 8-15, 2010, search "Brandy T. Wilson at the Fellows Reading"