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“Wild Women and the Blues” is an intriguing and gripping story of Chicago in 1925. The story centers on Honoree Dalcour, a black showgirl, who is kind, tough as nails, but lacks a certain level of “street smarts”. The story has a little bit of everything speakeasies, showgirls, mobsters, murder, bootleggers, romance, betrayal, and heartbreak.

The story is told in an interview style. Sawyer Hayes, a graduate student chasing his doctorate in media studies, meets with Honoree and through those encounters we slip back and forth between 2015 and 1925. I loved how the author intertwined Honoree and Sawyer’s stories together.

I enjoyed the complexity of these characters, they were flawed and at times extremely unlikable. I found them relatable, as we all have ugly imperfect moments. People are rarely all good or all evil, there are shades of grey and the author did an excellent job of illustrating that.

I found it very easy to get lost in the pages of this book, the story pulled me in and kept me wanting more. The book has a twist that surprised me and pulled me even further into the last third of the book.

Overall, I highly recommend this book. If you enjoyed “City of Girls”, you like this one as well. It was written beautifully and is just an excellent book.

I received an advanced reading copy of “Wild Women and the Blues” in exchange for an honest review via BookishFirst.