Once again, I am joining the WOW! Women on Writing blog tour – this time for Martha Conway’s Sugarland.
Martha Conway has crafted an intriguing historical mystery, based on the jazz scene during the Roaring Twenties.
The lives of three women, Eva, Lena and Chickie, intersect because of the death of Lena’s brother Rudy. As Eva and Lena seek to discover who killed Rudy, we get a glimpse of what life was like in the 1920’s, especially in the jazz clubs.
We learn about musicians and mobsters, and Prohibition and bribery. We also get a close look at how Eva, a jazz pianist, captured the feel of jazz and how she created her music.
Martha has done much research to give an authentic look at this troubling era in America’s past. It was a fascinating read, one I thoroughly enjoyed.
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In 1921, two women, a black jazz pianist named Eve and a white nurse named Lena, join forces after a drive-by shooting nearly kills them. Eve is looking for her missing stepsister, and Lena wants to find out who murdered her brother, a petty bootlegger killed in the shooting.
Sugarland recently received a Reader’s Favorite Book Award.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Hardcover: 314 pages (also available in paperback and e-book)
Noontime Books: June 1, 2016
Meet the Author: Martha Conway
Martha Conway’s debut novel 12 Bliss Street (St. Martin’s Minotaur) was nominated for an Edgar Award while Thieving Forest won an Independent Publishers Book Award, the Laramie Award, a Reader’s Choice Award and the 2014 North American Book Award in Historical Fiction. Her short fiction has appeared in The Iowa Review, The Mississippi Review, The Quarterly, Folio, Puerto del Sol, Carolina Quarterly, and other publications.
She graduated from Vassar College and received her master’s degree in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. She has reviewed fiction for the San Francisco Chronicle, The San Francisco Review of Books, and The Iowa Review. The recipient of a California Arts Council fellowship in Creative Writing, she has taught at UC Berkeley Extension and Stanford University’s Online Writers’ Studio.
Other Books by Martha Conway
- 12 Bliss Street
- Thieving Forest
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