The Palace Blues — Finalist, Lesbian Historical Fiction.Lambda Literary Awards
The Palace Blues, Finalist, Lesbian Fiction.Alice B. Readers
Brandy T. Wilson: 2016 Lavender Certificate for The Palace BluesChapter 16
There’s a wonderful sensuality in Wilson’s writing, and the book has some of the easy pleasure of a genre romance, but nothing is prettied up... In addition to being a coming-of -age/coming-out story and an unsentimental romance, The Palace Blues is a road novel... [Frankie's] trip is a guided tour of louche life in the Prohibition-era South, replete with sensuality, racism, violence, and hypocrisy... Brandy Wilson, who teaches English at the University of Memphis, has created an endearing heroine in Frankie, and even though the outlines of Frankie’s story are grim, her passion and optimism make the novel a vibrant, engaging read.