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Delta Blues

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A collection of nineteen pieces of fiction about the blues, centered on the Delta region of the American South and its traditions, covering gothic themes of love, betrayal, heartbreak, and struggle.
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published October 20th 2009 by Bleak House Books (first published October 2009)
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Inspired by the blues (well, DUH!), this collection stretches from comic to nightmarishly dark and most of the stops in between with very few weak spots. Most of them deal with crime in one way or another, and a few give established writers a chance to experiment, usually with satisfying results.

There are nineteen stories in the collection, so let me simply say that many of the stories work well, starting with what looks like familiar ground and making a sudden turn that brought me along with th
I loved this book. My son was a teacher for TFA in the Delta and lived in Clarksdale for a couple of years. He is now a Vice-Principal in Marks; so we have spent some time in the Delta visiting him. It is truly a unique culture and the blues music is awesome. The more we visit, the more I appreciate the people, their struggles and their history. These short story totally capture the flavor of the area and the authors are all very gifted. I wanted the book to continue on and on.
Being a blues lover I found this book very much to my liking. All of the stories are well written. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of this uniquely American music genre.
I'll admit that I have a short story in this book, which was my first published fiction. However, the other writers are awesome. This is a classic about blues and the Mississippi Delta.
Chance Lee
I always pick up the anthologies thinking I'll read something by someone new, but I just read the one or two authors I already know. Maybe when I move back to Mississippi, the blues theme will grab me more.

Charlaine Harris's story was about a blues man who sells his soul to the devil (by accident) on a moonlit night in a cornfield. Everything just seemed to happen *to* this poor guy, and I felt the story happened *to* me.

Toni Kelner's story was an interesting mystery about a lady searching for h
Great stories that get you into that steamy Mississippi Delta mood, cooled off with some legendary Blues history throughout.
“In this land a unique American form of music was born, a rootstock strong enough to spawn many derivatives. The Mississippi Delta is ground zero of the blues, meaning it was here where it all began.”
---Morgan Freeman

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I really enjoyed these short stories. You certainly don't need to be a blues fan but, for me, it made the stories that much better.
Did not like this book and did not even finish reading it ... sorry :(
I enjoyed these stories but like most short stories - I wanted them to go on!
A GREAT collection of stories :)
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A native of Mississippi, Carolyn Haines is the author of over fifty books in multiple genres. She was recently named the 2010 recipient of the Harper Lee Award and is the recipient of the 2009 Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence.

Haines teaches fiction writing at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. Active in animal rescue, she has twenty-one "critters" —horses, dogs and cats.
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