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The Sweetest Hallelujah MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
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It’s 1955 and Betty Jewel Hughes, an African American jazz singer in Memphis, is dying of cancer in Shakerag, Mississippi, with no one to take care of her 10-year-old girl after she’s gone. Not Betty’s mother, who is also sick, nor either of her friends, who have families of their own. And certainly not the man called Saint Hughes, the once-great trumpet player who ended up in prison. Betty’s only option is to put an ad in the local paper seeking someone to love and care for her girl. When Cassie Malone, a privileged white reporter for the local paper, recent widow, and closeted rabble-rouser ends up on Betty’s doorstep, a secret is revealed, which establishes a tentative, if prohibited, friendship. The ending is somewhat implausible—the ease with which everyone accepts the final outcome is difficult to believe considering the time period and location. However, Hussey tells a beautiful story of redemption filled with strong female characters and rich in detail, showcasing Hussey’s love of music and the South. --Carolyn Kubisz --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
"Hussey tells a beautiful story of redemption filled with strong female characters and rich in detail..." -Booklist on The Sweetest Hallelujah --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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The cast of supporting characters was just as entertaining. And the hope that was built by this story of people coming together from both sides of the tracks, especially during a time of such uncertainty and turmoil, was incredibly uplifting. When I read this book, I ran the full gamut of emotions - I laughed, I cried, I got angry. To me, that's the true test of a good work of fiction. It made me feel and I love that about this book.
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A great read - one of the best books I've read all year!