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Fans of Denis Johnson and Thom Jones will enjoy these 12 startling stories that range over the breadth of the American landscape. A dialogue between traditional stories pitched in unusual keys and a series of "blueses"--short, voice-driven pieces that evoke a unique and uncanny mood of longing--Blues and Trouble offers a unique shock of both surprise and recognition.
"Tom Piazza plays variations on both the form and the traditional content of the blues...In a few notes he can summon up a character's voice or create a locale: a New Orleans cafe, a New York music company, a Gulf Coast fishing port." —Michael Harris, Los Angeles Times Book Review
"In these stories, Tom Piazza is touching the grain of actual, as opposed to imaginary, human life. He sees both the pain and the humor, the tragic as well as the comic." —James Alan McPherson, Ploughshares
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