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Delta Blues [Kindle Edition]

Carolyn Haines , Morgan Freeman , John Grisham , James Lee Burke , Charlaine Harris

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 586 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Tyrus Books (1 Jun 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0051Q8EPQ
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4.0 out of 5 stars Delta Blues- short stories 27 April 2010
By southernwriter - Published on
Delta Blues
Edited by Carolyn Haines
(Tyrus Books, 2010)

James Lee Burke, John Grisham, Les Standiford, Beth Ann Fennelly, and more--a total of twenty of the best Southern writers--link music, crime, passion, the Blues and the Mississippi Delta in this remarkable new collection of short stories.

Whether playing out in modern-day Tunica's gambling casinos or traveling back in time to forge an unexpected connection to the assassination of President Kennedy, each story has been carefully chosen by the editor, Carolyn Haines, herself one of the contributors.

In Suzanne Hudson's "All the Way to Memphis," two unlikely characters set out on a road trip, stopping at Buck's Diner, a place where time has stopped. A lone waitress saunters to the table offering more tea, calling them honey and sugar and baby, her "blood red fingernails clicking against heavy glass."

The characters in Lynne Barrett's "Blues for Veneece" uncover, quite literally, a crime scene one family had hoped was buried forever. In another story, the wife of a captain of the Parchman State Penitentiary dreams of any life but the one she has.

In fact, most of the characters in these stories seem to dream of elsewhere, singing their own Blues tunes to the beat of an ordinary life.

Often played out against a backdrop of murder and misappropriation, the stories tell of second chances and new beginnings, lives wasted and more than a few rescued. Moonlit nights, shape shifting, concealed and un-concealed weapons make appearances, leaving readers with chills running up spines or hearts beating faster.

As if reading this collection for the pure enjoyment of the writing isn't enough, a portion of the sales will be donated to literacy efforts in the Delta. Well done, on many counts.

Augusta Scattergood
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High quality short stories. 28 May 2010
By Mae Doe - Published on
I love the story collections that I have read in the past that are supernatural themed (Charlaine Harris fan). However, those tend to be written in a different style. This collection of short stories really reminds me of high quality literature that you were required to read in college lit class. I really like the caliber of the writers, and they did not disappoint. This collection lives up to its name, and it really is all about the blues and blues fans/singers/musicians. There is a mystic element to it, which satisfies my need to buy it for the Charlaine Harris short story inside, which was great. It's a great book to curl up with and read from cover to cover if you can take the intensity in one sitting.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Delta Noir 10 May 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on
I love Amazon, but buy from bricks and mortar too (you really want one around for times when you can't wait for shipping) and picked this collection up a few months ago. It took me a while to get around to opening it, but now I can't put it down. As a noir/mystery/crime/music fan, I'm finding Delta Blues very, very enjoyable - if you love one or more of these categories, pick it up yourself. Now I need to go listen to some blues and eat something with pepper vinegar on it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Library Lady 19 Feb 2013
By P. Harris - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
As a southern, blues lover, nothing could be better than the insightful compilation Delta Blues offers. I have enjoyed Carolyn Haines work for many years, but this is very special. I have already given one copy as a gift. Don't miss it if you love music and life with soul deep roots.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 20 Jan 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Enjoy reading Delta Blues. Chapters are short enough for a quick read. Having lived in the south I can identify with some of colloquialisms in the book.
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