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Wild Women and the Blues: A Fascinating and…

Wild Women and the Blues: A Fascinating and Innovative Novel of Historical… (vuoden 2021 painos)

– tekijä: Bryce Denny S. (Tekijä)

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Teoksen nimi:Wild Women and the Blues: A Fascinating and Innovative Novel of Historical Fiction
Kirjailijat:Bryce Denny S. (Tekijä)
Info:Kensington Publishing (2021), 352 pages
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Wild Women and the Blues: A Novel (tekijä: Denny S. Bryce)


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I thought I would like this novel more than I did. It was a well-researched dual timeline told from the years of 1925 and 2015, about a young woman named Honoree Dalcour who we meet as a dancer in one of Chicago's jazz clubs and who has high career aspirations. The story alternates between Honoree's past and the present of 2015, when she is 110 years old and film student Sawyer Hayes attempts to interview her for his final graduate school thesis. She has secrets she tries to keep from Sawyer, but slowly reveals them as she grudgingly shares her past.

Author Denny Bryce vividly describes the African American lifestyle of Jazz Age Chicago: the speakeasies and cabarets, the music, the clothes, the slang, the values. And in addition she paints the underside of this time period: the bootleg alcohol, gambling, and gangsters. She weaves real people such as Louis Armstrong and Al Capone into the story as well as depicting the economy, Chicago landmarks, and the arts.

With all this historical background and colorful drama, the story should have been a page-turner. But I had trouble connecting with the main characters from 1925 - Honoree, her boyfriend Ezekiel, and friends Bessie and Trudy. Sadly, I didn't care about these characters and didn't find them believable or likeable. Their behavior seemed two-dimensional. For instance Honoree would never listen to Ezekiel when he tried to protect her. Throughout the novel she would put herself in danger because she had a hunch (often incorrect) or thought she could manipulate a gangster. She was rudely outspoken, and often regretted what she said, yet her behavior never changed.

The Honoree of 2015 has a secret that is revealed at the conclusion of the novel. Most likely the reader will have guessed it before Sawyer figures it out. I actually liked Sawyer better than some other reviewers have, and felt that his story ended more satisfactorily than Honoree's.

This book is worth reading for the portrayal of African Americans during this time period, the authentic atmosphere, and the story of love and danger of Jazz Age Chicago. ( )
  PhyllisReads | Jun 22, 2021 |
Set in two timelines - one in 1920s Chicago and the other in 2015 - this novel makes for fascinating reading. Honoree Delacour is a dancer in 1920s Chicago nightclubs who dreams of making it big in New York City or Paris, but her life becomes more complicated after she witnesses the murder of a black bartender by a white man. In more recent times, a young filmmaker tracks a woman believed to be Honoree down in a nursing home with questions of his own. Old secrets are revealed, and a story of family and history emerges. Overall, I found this novel to be compelling and eye-opening to aspects of 1920s that I wasn't aware of. Historical fiction fans would love this novel and I highly recommend it. ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | May 30, 2021 |
Wild Woman and the Blues by Denny S. Bryce Is a two time line point of view novel. The first being film student Sawyer, in 2015 wanting an interview with 1920s dancer Honoree Dalcour, so he can finish his thesis. I did not find a connection with Sawyer and wanted more of Honoree's story and less of his.
Now Honoree, that is a story for sure. Set during 1925 Chicago, the jazz capital of the world, and the Dreamland Café is the ritziest black-and-tan club in town. Honoree comes from humble beginnings but has a chance to make it big as she dances her way to the top.
But Chicago is a dangerous place in the 20s with hard nose gangsters, illegal booze and gambling. Honoree stands to lose more than she gains. I would have loved to have spent more time with Honoree during this time period as it was fascinating. ( )
  SharleneMartinMoore | Apr 24, 2021 |
I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley. All opinions are my own. Wild Women and the Blues written by Denny S Bryce, is a historical fiction novel that alternates between 1925 Chicago and the present-day life of film student Sawyer Hayes. Sawyer has discovered a small cache of photographs and some film in a box in his grandmother’s attic. If he can verify the names of the people in the photograph and confirm that the film is by filmmaker Oscar Micheaux, it will mean an important historical find and exactly what he needs to complete his thesis. Honoree Dalcour at 110 years old, is one of the people in the photograph. Sawyer sits by her bedside listening to her stories, and as she weaves her tale of 1925, Chicago Sawyer learns not only the answers to the questions he originally sought but also discovers that his family history is not what he thought it was at all. At the same time as I was reading this book, we were reading August Wilson’s play Ma Raineys Black Bottom at work, and so I was immersed in 1920’s Chicago both day and night. It’s a fascinating period of history, and I found both of these sources to complement each other and enjoyed this book very much. The twists and turns of the story will keep you engrossed in the book, and I highly recommend reading it. Publishing Date: March 30, 2021. #WildWomenAndTheBlues #DennySBryce #HistoricalFiction #KensingtonBooks #NetGalley #1920sChicago #BluesHistory #bookstagram #bookstagrammer ( )
  nmgski | Apr 1, 2021 |
It’s finally here! I’ve been waiting for this book for awhile. I snagged an advance copy through NetGalley and now my own pre-ordered copy is here. I’m one happy reader.

If you love historical fiction, dual timelines, stories with a twist, strong female protagonists, and great writing, the you’ll love WILD WOMEN AND THE BLUES.

Speakeasies, bootleg hooch, and mobsters. 1925 Chicago had it all. Honoree Dalcour was a dancer at the Dreamland Cafe, and rubbed elbows with Louis Armstrong, his wife Lil Hardin, and Black filmmaker Oscar Micheaux. Sawyer Hayes is hoping to interview her in 2015. Through a series of encounters, we learn the secrets each are keeping and how Honoree’s will impact Sawyer.

Bryce writes with an authentic voice, befitting the Jazz Age. She knows what she’s doing and it shows. I loved the characters, the story, the setting, everything.

I highly recommend this one!

I received a free advance copy through NetGalley but was not influenced to review it favorably. ( )
  cclpad | Mar 30, 2021 |
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