Book: Bodacious Blues by Whitney J. LeBlanccategories: Book, Blues, Love, Sex, Sexual Identity, Voodoo, Lust, Fiction, Historical Fiction, African-American, Black, Negro, Novel, Coming of Age
Whitney J. LeBlancabout this book: Bodacious Blues is the coming of age story of Les Martel, the grandson of Martha Broussard Fergerson. It's the last of my Blues Trilogy. The original title was Kick-Ass Blues, but my wife threatened to divorce me if I published under that title so, Bodacious Blues was born. Many of the events in the life of Les Martel were inspired by my life in Hollywood, which speaks to the cover of breaking the glass ceiling, for Blacks, at that time. For the young readers with stars in their eyes, it is a tough journey and one must be strongly self-centered not to fall into the trap of the fame and glitter. Know yourself and your Values and pick and choose what is right for you. The fame and fortune are fine but the price you pay may be too high for a good life. The entire trilogy is a saga about a Creole family from Estilette Louisiana. The story begins in 1934 with the release of Leadbelly from prison, immediately before he began his national tour with Louis Lomax to record the blues. And so begins the emergence of the blues as an art form. The blues and the blues makers, in the story, provide the background and the conflict for the people living the events. It's about their conflicting religious beliefs, their love, lust, murder, voodoo and the sexual violations by a priest. It's an exciting adventure, for readers who like turning the pages.
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