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The Palace Blues

by Brandy T. Wilson

It is the age of bathtub gin, jazz—and lines. Lines not to be crossed, and certainly not by women.

Ladies sing the blues at The Palace and the rebellious, resourceful Frankie admires the cross-dressing Jean Bailey from afar. Running from her family’s oppressive pressure to marry, Frankie abandons her safe, white life in Chicago and follows the blues singer instead. At first it is merely an adventure of her star struck heart.

But the railroad yards, good times, riverboats and bum times lead Frankie on a remarkable journey between the sterile choices of her family and a reckless, daring life that at least offers a kind of freedom for a girl like her. Or is there another choice, one beyond the blues?

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Genre General Lesbian Fiction
Length 288 pages
Publication Date October 13, 2014
Publisher Spinsters Ink
ISBN 9781935226741e
Editor Katherine V. Forrest
Cover Designer Judith Fellows

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GCLS Goldie Awards

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 Blues

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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.

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