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Wild Women and the Blues

By: Denny S. Bryce
Narrated by: Tracey Conyer Lee,Ronald Peet
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Publisher's Summary

Jazz-Age Chicago comes to vibrant life in Denny S. Bryce's evocative novel that links the stories of an ambitious chorus girl and a modern-day film student, both coming to grips with loss, forgiveness, and the limitations - and surprises - of love.

"Why would I talk to you about my life? I don't know you, and even if I did, I don't tell my story to just any boy with long hair, who probably smokes weed. You wanna hear about me. You gotta tell me something about you. To make this worth my while." 

1925: Chicago is the jazz capital of the world, and the Dreamland Cafe is the ritziest black-and-tan club in town. Honoree Dalcour is a sharecropper's daughter, willing to work hard and dance every night on her way to the top. Dreamland offers a path to the good life, socializing with celebrities like Louis Armstrong and filmmaker Oscar Micheaux. But Chicago is also awash in bootleg whiskey, gambling, and gangsters. And a young woman driven by ambition might risk more than she can stand to lose. 

2015: Film student Sawyer Hayes arrives at the bedside of 110-year-old Honoree Dalcour, still reeling from a devastating loss that has taken him right to the brink. Sawyer has rested all his hope on this frail but formidable woman, the only living link to the legendary Oscar Micheaux. If he's right - if she can fill in the blanks in his research, perhaps he can complete his thesis and begin a new chapter in his life. But the links Honoree makes are not ones he's expecting....

Piece by piece, Honoree reveals her past and her secrets, while Sawyer fights tooth and nail to keep his. It's a story of courage and ambition, hot jazz and illicit passions. And as past meets present, for Honoree, it's a final chance to be truly heard and seen before it's too late. No matter the cost....

©2021 Denny S. Bryce (P)2021 Recorded Books

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The writers’ personal history is just as interesting

I really enjoyed this book and didn’t want it to end. The story was intriguing, a weaving of the past and the present. Like my favorite writer Toni Morrison this writer challenged me. I loved this intellectual challenge.

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Great story set in an interest era!

I loved the characters and the very interesting flow of the story line, set 90 years apart, in Wild Women and the Blues! The 1920s Chicago setting of the story opened a window on a colorful part of our history, unknown to me. Eventhough the story was set in a place and time that could be quite brutal, the characters showed love, kindness, loyalty and humanity! A very entertaining read!

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Perfect Historical Fiction

I loved this book and finished it in a very short time. Perfect amount of historic facts and storyline. I have not found many books about black life in the 20s so this was a real treat. The only thing I would change is the way the narrator reads the voice of Bessies a 16 year old character who is made to sound like a 60 year old woman.

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I love the topic, setting and characters

But I didn't care much for the story. tpp gruesome for me. Oscar Mischeaux is too much unknown these days

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  • 08-17-21

Someone should make the movie!

im not fond of stories that go back and forth between the present day and past history; its too intrusive. However, D. Bryce has struct an excellent balance with this tale about a African American filmmaker researching the past history of a 1920s Black diva and her intriguing, even dangerous past. It is a story filled with historical references, suspence, romance, and a cast of interesting characters. Narrators, Tracey Lee and Ronald Peet are pitch perfect !. The story has all the elements that make it a great candidate for a cable t.v. movie. somebody, please do it.

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Jazz...Speakeasies...Gangsters

This is a enjoyable romp through 1920’s Chicago...the characters are full bodied and complex...the setting of Jazz Clubs with chorus girls, dancing, gambling and all the entanglements that ensue make this a very good read.

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1920's Black America

ok, started off a little slow BUT then the mystery, history, and storyline just pulled me end. I loved the travel thru history with the music, places, recognizable characters like Louie Armstrong and Capone. I would definitely recommend.

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I wanted more.

Being from Chicago I wanted more. other than mentioning Marshall Fields and AL Capone I felt like the setting could have been anywhere. It wasn't a bad book but I just thought it would be better.

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Loved the book and narration

What a compelling and entertaining book! I always hesitate to use the term "page-turner" for an audio book, but I finished this in three days because I just had to know what happened next. The narrators really brought the characters to life, and did a nice job differentiating the characters' voices. This story was just what I was looking for, richly told historical fiction. I loved the way the present and past were woven together and how the complex story played out. If you're thinking about getting this one, just do it! I hope you love it as much as I did.

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Twists and turns !

I really enjoyed this book! It took me on a bit of a roller coaster but I enjoyed every minute. What I dislike about this book how much the main character would annoy me…Lol!… but I also feel like that’s part of having a good story, everybody is not going to be likable or do what you think they should do. I also enjoyed that this was not a predictable story. 5 stars for sure!

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  • 06-28-22

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Huge plot holes, an author anxious to cite all her references (mainly from the Chicago Tribune), which made the piece feel more like a term paper than a novel in places. Struggled through it as it was a book club pick, but it felt like an endurance race about halfway through. Primary female characters are immature and self-serving with often unclear motives, so it was difficult to find much true sympathy for any of them.My favorite character was Jeremiah, who had no more than 2 lines. As to narration, the young Bessie, supposedly 16, sounded every day of 70.

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  • 01-05-22

Boring

I do not know how you can make the Jazz Age tedious, but this author managed this. Ridiculous plot lines - characters behaving in unrealistic ways just as plot devices. I plodded through this book in the hope that it would turn the corner and suddenly become interesting. It never did. Horrible narration did not help matters either.

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  • 08-24-21

what a wonderful story

loved this audio book. took me to 1920's Chicago. 2 story lines in 2 timeliness. wonderful narration.