Wild Women and the Blues

Written by:
Denny S. Bryce

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2021
12 hours 20 minutes
“Why would I talk to you about my life? I don't know you, and even if I did, I don't tell my story to just any boy with long hair, who probably smokes weed. You wanna hear about me. You gotta tell me something about you. To make this worth my while.”

1925: Chicago is the jazz capital of the world, and the Dreamland Café is the ritziest black-and-tan club in town. Honoree Dalcour is a sharecropper’s daughter, willing to work hard and dance every night on her way to the top. Dreamland offers a path to the good life, socializing with celebrities like Louis Armstrong and filmmaker Oscar Micheaux. But Chicago is also awash in bootleg whiskey, gambling, and gangsters. And a young woman driven by ambition might risk more than she can stand to lose.

2015: Film student Sawyer Hayes arrives at the bedside of 110-year-old Honoree Dalcour, still reeling from a devastating loss that has taken him right to the brink.

Sawyer has rested all his hope on this frail but formidable woman, the only living link to the legendary Oscar Micheaux. If he’s right—if she can fill in the blanks in his research, perhaps he can complete his thesis and begin a new chapter in his life. But the links Honoree makes are not ones he’s expecting …

Piece by piece, Honoree reveals her past and her secrets, while Sawyer fights tooth and nail to keep his. It’s a story of courage and ambition, hot jazz and illicit passions. And as past meets present, for Honoree, it’s a final chance to be trulyheard and seen before it’s too late. No matter the cost …

“Evocative and entertaining!”—Laura Kamoie, New York Times bestselling author
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Kristen N.

Good story idea but narration falls a little flat. There’s a lot of build up for a back story that is wrapped in about 3 sentences at the end but don’t make a lot of sense.

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Lynda B.

Highly recommend this book! Narrator is excellent! If there were a sequel I’d love to read it.

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Camryn Ashrows

I truly loved the concept of the story, and the characters felt real until the end. The jumps between the past and present were seamless and interesting, and I loved the way characters grew and changed throughout time. What I didn't like about the book was the "twist" at the end. I felt it was a little ridiculous and weird. It seemed like a way to end the story and tie everything up as quickly as possible. The relationships Sawyer has with the nurse and his dad also felt rushed and unexplored. Overall, I don't regret listening to it. It was intriguing and fun.

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Christopher A.

Decent story. Took me time to get into it but it was worth it. Cool ending.

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Betsy M.

Amazing! Fun story. Liked the female narrator better than the male, but both good, especially female's impression of Louis Armstrong.

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Laurie Inglis

Loved it

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Shirley B.

Excellent, engaging, wanted more...

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