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Blackbird Blues

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With the help of sixty-year-old black jazz man Lucius, Mary Kaye O'Donnell, an eighteen-year-old Irish-American woman and aspiring jazz singer in Chicago, finds her way toward dealing with an unwanted pregnancy and the death of Sister Michaeline, her voice coach, jazz mentor, and only guide through the bedlam of her childhood.

Mary Kaye's neighbor, Judge Engelma
Paperback, 218 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company
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Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's 1963 and Mary Kaye attends Catholic school in Chicago. She is 18 years old, wants to be a jazz singer and has decided to enter the convent to become a nun. But which goal is more important to her -- to be free and sing or to enter the convent for the strict life as a nun. When she finds out that her mentor Sister Michaeline has died, her life gets even more confusing and she has no one to talk to about her life changing decisions. At the Sister's funeral, she meets a black man who was a fr ...more
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was interested in this book because it had a female protagonist, and centered on music, racism and illegal abortion. I had not read a novel taking place during this period in which a character had to go through the process of abortion. I thought it would be provocative and intense. So I accepted a copy for review.

Readers will need to understand that women in the sixties had far fewer options than they do today. This is the situation that brought about the 1970's feminist movement.

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