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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.

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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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Blackbird Blues is a very unusual novel both in concept and execution. Set in Chicago in 1963, in the time before Roe v. Wade, it tells the story of eighteen-year-old Mary Kaye O’Donnell, who is confronted with an unwanted pregnancy and with the death, under suspicious circumstances, of her vocal coach and mentor, Sister Michaeline. But Jean K. Carney does not try and build much suspense from either of these dramatic situations. Instead we have a quiet and contemplative novel that is more intere ...more
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Although she dreams of being a jazz singer, entering the convent feels like a way for eighteen-year-old Mary Kaye O'Donnell to escape her dysfunctional family. That is, until she learns that she's pregnant. The one person who could help Mary Kaye navigate an unwanted pregnancy in 1963 Chicago is her voice coach and mentor, Sister Michaeline, who dies suspiciously as Jean K. Carney's luminous debut novel opens. Carney, a former award-winning reporter, editorial writer, and psychologist, offers a ...more
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