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The Blues Walked In

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  6 reviews
In 1936, life on the road means sleeping on the bus or in hotels for blacks only. After finishing her tour with Nobel Sissel’s orchestra, nineteen-year-old Lena Horne is walking the last few blocks to her father’s hotel in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. She stops at a lemonade stand and meets a Lebanese American girl, Marie David. Marie loves movies and adores Lena, and their ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published May 21st 2018 by University of Pittsburgh Press
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Feb 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed Marie's story more than Lena's. But because most of the story was about Lena, it took a while to get through. I started glazing over all of her jet-setting coast to coast and always wondered how she could do that to her daughter. I may be in the minority, but Lena rubbed me the wrong way in her actions and decisions.
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Really enjoyed this fictional account of the start of Lena Horne's career.
May 01, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

The characterization of Lena Horne and her career was well done, as was the description of the Lebanese family, whose daughter she became somewhat involved.
Unfortunately, the murder side story was highly incredible and did not tie together in many ways. The writing was amateur and there was little nuance or descriptive flair. Reviews which says it reveals Pittsburgh are misleading....there was very little in detail,or atmosphere that made me feel as if I got to know anything, even
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Billed as historical fiction of the singer Lena Horne, this was actually a story of a city, Pittsburgh. Three people are given their life stories a fictional treatment here. Only Lena Horne is a real person. George did her research then fleshed out the tale of Lena’s hard life interspersed with Marie’s, daughter of Syrian immigrants, and Josiah, a local boy.
Issues of race and sexism are placed in their context, as is the WWII home front. Well done and so interesting.
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great read about Lena Hornes life in The Hill District. George paints a great picture in this historical novel set in Pittsburgh's Hill District in the 1930's and 1940's. Lena Horne comes to life in this engaging story of her early life and career.
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had a hard time getting into this book and it took me quite a while to finish but by the end I really liked it.
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Kathleen Elizabeth George (born July 7, 1943) is an American professor and writer best known for her series of crime novels set in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

She was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and educated at the University of Pittsburgh: B.A. (summa cum laude), 1964, M.A. (theatre), 1966, Ph.D. (theatre), 1975, M.F.A. (creative writing), 1988. She teaches theatre arts at the University of Pitt