Wild Women and the Blues
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Chicago, 2015. Sawyer “is a graduate student chasing a doctorate in media studies.” His documentary thesis focuses on the legendary Black filmmaker Oscar Micheaux. His research takes him to Chicago and to an over one-hundred year old woman named Honoree Dalcour. His research brings unex ...more
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Oh my goodness I love this whole story - Everything about it is totally captivating.
I felt like reading this dual timeline narrative (1920s and 2015) was an immersive experience. The incredible writing invokes all your senses - you hear the jazz, see the flappers dancing, feel the rhythm of the music, taste the bootleg hooch and smell the ...more
My ultimate desire before starting this book was that the story would equal the STUNNING book cover! In a few ways, yes, but with some caveats.
Wild Women and the Blues was a split-time novel set in both 1925 and 2015. While I enjoy dual timelines and discovering the connections between the two, I also like them to work together seamlessly. For the first 30% of this story, I wasn't thrilled with the first person/present tense narrative of the 2015 setting and these chapters often slowed do ...more
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I knew the very second I saw Honoree and how she talked that this was it. The author managed to capture the expressions used in the 1920s with such accuracy. It never felt awkward or took me out of the story. I really appreciate the writing in general, it's a work of art.
The characters, most notably Honoree, won my heart. How can a singl ...more
As someone who is ...more
Wild Women and the Blues was pretty interesting to dive into. Even if things got a tad bit confusing towards the end for me. In it, you will meet Sawyer (who will be the Present POV) and Honoree (who will be the Past POV). These two were pretty interesting on their own but once they got together and he was interviewing her for a thesis.. things kind of got crazy.
From switching through the years, 2015 back to 1920, Chicago s ...more
Pub. Date: April 2, 2021
I disagree with the title. The women were not wild, but rather they were living in wild times working as showgirls. It seems to me that the title is to attract certain readers. Bryce transports us to the1920s with vibrant scenes of the Chicago Jazz Age. She gives the reader a vivid feel of the real-life infamous black neighborhood known as the “Stroll,” which was peppered with nightclubs, pool halls, tattoo parlors, speakeasie ...more
i had a lot of ideas and theories about where sawyer and honoree’s journeys would go and none of them were right - the sign of good af writing! the glimpses this book gave me into 1920s chicago - a period normally so idolized and romanticized - have changed my perception of that era completely both in terms of politics and society.
i can’t wait to see this book on the shelves!
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oh how the mighty have fallen....
Set in Chicago in a dual timeline we follow Honoree Delacour in the 1920's jazz age, and Sawyer Hayes in 2015 working on his thesis on the 20's jazz age after suffering the loss of his sister. Sawyer finds a connection to Honoree and his thesis and through his grandma's connections to her is able to meet with her to discuss her time with a notable filmmaker Oscar Micheaux.
On paper this had ...more
From the very first page I was hooked. The lavish descriptions of the speakeasies made me feel like I was there. I instantly liked Honoree, Sawyer was meh. His search for answers ...more
In 2015, we meet Sawyer, a film student struggling to save his thesis amidst crippling grief. When he discovers a box of memorabilia in his semi-estranged grandmother’s ...more
Honoree was a chorus girl in 1925. She landed a gig dancing at the Dreamland Cafe. It was a s ...more
Honoree Dalcour is a chorus girl, dancing in the jazz scene of 1925 Chicago’s Black Belt. She’s determined to make her own opportunities in life and achieve the fame which the world seems buil ...more
I heard such great things about this book and went in with high hopes in loving it.
At first the 1925 timeline was more interesting and kept me wanting to read and the 2015 timeline wasn’t as engaging to me. Then about halfway through the more recent timeline got more interesting and took on a mystery tone. This is when I really started to engage with the book and wanted to know what would happen. And I really enjoyed how the book ended.
I also liked how Sawyer was a male talking to an older ...more
I really enjoyed this book. It was interesting, witty and it had a thicker plot than I anticipated when I started reading it. It takes place in the 1920s and we follow a 19-year-old dancer called Honoree as she makes her way through club life in Chicago, where there was a huge jazz scene at the time. There are also some chapters that take place in 2015, when a film student interviews Honoree (who is now 100+ ...more
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The former professional dancer is a public relations professional who spent over two decades, running her marketing and event management firm. For nearly 10 of those years, how ...more