Angwin, CA, August 08, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Novelist Whitney J. LeBlanc announced today the release of Blues in the Wind – ReVisited, published by Outskirts Press. Now the prequel to his Blues Trilogy, LeBlanc’s newest work tells the saga of a Louisiana Creole family overwhelmed by the conflicts of race, color and religion in an era when the Blues was emerging as an important and original art form, in the adventuresome milieu of love, lust, voodoo and murder.
Phillip Ferguson married the woman of his dreams, the beautiful Creole Martha Broussard, after announcing he was on his way to becoming a doctor. Martha hoped and prayed that her marriage to a doctor would make it possible to regain the fortune stolen from her family by the unscrupulous Judge Estilette. Ironically, Phillip had to give up going to medical school to support his family and instead, Phillip becomes a teacher. Then Martha’s love for her husband begins to fade as quickly as her hatred rises for the gut-bucket music played by her brother, Lightfoot. As the love between Martha and Phillip withers, he submerges his pain and disappointment in his new passion for blues music and love for another woman.
Through Martha’s continuing narrative, readers become privy to her attitudes about the skin color black, confusing moral codes of the Catholic Church, the influence of voodoo and the social conflicts between races. Sexual abuse by a Catholic priest, murder, love, lust and lynching are milestones in this literary adventure that also tells the fascinating history of the growth of the blues, by the musicians who were actually there.
“Fanning this tragedy and used as a motif throughout the novel is an emerging new music, raw, sordid, vulgar, sinful − the blues. This music counterpoints the emotions of the characters, defining their behavior and mental states. Respectable people like Martha were appalled by it while others of her class were more tolerant, often fascinated by the boldness of its subject matter. Her lapse into madness and the decline of the Fergerson family parallels the rise and acceptance of the blues as an important original art form.” − Ted Shine, Ph.D., Playwright, Screenwriter, Author, Teacher, Lecturer, Professor of Theater History and Playwriting, Howard University, Dillard University, Lincoln University, and Professor Emeritus, Prairie View University
Blues in the Wind – ReVisited is available on-line in paperback through Amazon and Barnes and Noble and at www.outskirtspress.com/bookstore for a maximum trade discount in quantities of ten or more.
Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback cream ISBN: 978-1-4327-9430-9 SRP: $18.95
5.5 x 8.5 hardback with jacket 978-1-4327-9433-0 $24.95
OP eBook $ 5.00
Kindle $ 7.15
Nook $ 7.15
About the author:
Whitney J. LeBlanc grew up in Louisiana and has spent more than half of his fifty year career in Hollywood as a director for television sitcoms, and daytime dramas. He has worked professionally as a teacher, set designer, producer and award winning director. He is the author of Shadows of the Blues and Bodacious Blues, the other novels that complete his Blues Trilogy. He holds an MFA in theatre production from the University of Iowa. LeBlanc lives in the Napa Valley of California with his physician wife and has four children. He writes novels and designs stained glass windows for churches.
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