Honestly, I wish I could have witnessed the Jazz Age in Chicago. Denny S. Bryce’s Wild Women and the Blues is set in Chicago circa 1925. Film student, Sawyer Hayes, is trying to discover the history of Honoree Dalcour and how she relates to the filmmaker, Oscar Micheaux. Sawyer has found a film in his grandmother’s attic that may have been made by Michaeux. He is hoping that Honoree can fill in the gaps.
Honoree was a chorus girl in 1925. She landed a gig dancing at the Dreamland Cafe. It was a step or two above the club that she had been working at before with many more opportunities. Honoree became friends with Lil Hardin Armstrong, who was married to Louis Armstrong. If you get a chance, look up the story of Lil Hardin Armstrong. She was a very talented musician and songwriter.
One night, Honoree witnessed a homicide at the Dreamland Cafe. She wasn’t sure if anyone saw her hiding. She tried to hide the truth about witnessing the crime for as long as possible. Her ex-boyfriend reappeared in her life around the same time. She still loves him because . . . she just does. Honoree just wants to know what happened to him? Why did he disappear? Can she trust him to help her out of this mess with witnessing a crime?
You guys, I loved this book. I never saw the twist at the end. The end was such a surprise. If this book becomes a movie or a Netflix series, I am going to be wherever I have to be to watch it. Wild Women and the Blues could be such a beautiful movie if it’s anything like the book. I always imagine that everyone is beautiful, except a few of the bad guys and one lady. Plus, the music and the dancing would be heavenly and maybe a little sinful.
This is Bryce’s debut novel. I look forward to reading everything that she writes in the future. Bryce also enjoys the show Outlander and recaps episodes on Frolic Media. (Sorry Ms. Bryce. I’m just so excited that someone loves so many of the same things that I do.)
If you are interested in African-American historical fiction during the jazz age – including love, family, gangsters, mystery and so much more- then this book will be ready for you in March 2021.
Well, I suppose if you are closed-minded or intolerant of other people living their lives, then maybe you aren’t ready to read about love yet. FYI: Here is a list of books about anti-racism: The Good Trade. Read a few and come back to this book because it is wonderful.
- I received this ebook from NetGalley. All opinions are my own. Obviously.
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