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Blues and Trouble: Twelve Stories

3.35 of 5 stars 3.35  ·  rating details  ·  17 ratings  ·  2 reviews
Tom Piazza's short story collection Blues and Trouble, for which he won a James Michener Award, is the debut of an exciting and original new presence in American fiction. Set in Memphis, Florida, New York, New Orleans, and elsewhere, these twelve stories echo voices from Ernest Hemingway to Robert Johnson to Jimmie Rodgers in their powerful imagery and keen eye for the tru ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published October 15th 1997 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 1996)
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Greg Brozeit
A nice, brisk collection of short stories with themes that point out subtle hypocrisies and quirks that somehow could only be American. The stories are brief and have a rhythmic quality.

The best story was C.S.A., about a young Jewish northern couple who visit a downtrodden antiques store in Memphis run by two men, one white, one black. They also have a small selection of Confederate and Nazi memorabilia, which upsets the young woman when she sees it. Piazza packs eternal questions about race, re
Short stories, easy to pick up and put down again.
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