Hudson Lake

Hudson Lake

by Laura Mazzuca Toops
     
 

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In the summer of 1926, jazz lovers from all over the Midwest go where the weather is hot and the music hotter--the Blue Lantern Inn on Hudson Lake, a rural Indiana dance hall where the season's resident jazz band features a young cornet player named Bix Beiderbecke. For Bix, Hudson Lake is a safe but temporary harbor from a failed romance, conflicts with his…  See more details below

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In the summer of 1926, jazz lovers from all over the Midwest go where the weather is hot and the music hotter--the Blue Lantern Inn on Hudson Lake, a rural Indiana dance hall where the season's resident jazz band features a young cornet player named Bix Beiderbecke. For Bix, Hudson Lake is a safe but temporary harbor from a failed romance, conflicts with his middle-class Iowa family, and a growing dependency on alcohol. To the redheaded known as Joy, Hudson Lake provides everything she needs--a roof over her head, the music she loves, and Bix. Harriet Braun, a young Indiana University student working at the resort for the summer, views Joy and the musicians as another subject for study--until her involvement with Bix threatens to turn her safe world upside down. And when outside influences show up--including local bootleggers, the Ku Klux Klan and a Chicago investor named "Machine Gun" Jack McGurn--jazz isn't the only thing that's hot at Hudson Lake...

Editorial Reviews

Kevin Baker
HUDSON LAKE is a vivid, poignant, sexy tale of the Jazz Age, built around one of America's greatest and most intriguing musicians. Laura Mazzuca Toops knows her music, and her history.
Laura Wagner
Laura Mazzuca Toops is quite a fine writer. Her narrative is clean, crisp, direct and very involving.
Jeanette Cottrell
Ms. Toops has a profound gift for winding an atmosphere in, around, and through every moment of her book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940000097120
Publisher:
Twilight Times Books
Publication date:
10/15/2005
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
214
File size:
553 KB

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Meet the Author

Laura Mazzuca Toops is a Chicago-area writer and teacher with three books in print: A Native's Guide to Chicago's Western Suburbs (Lake Claremont Press), The Latham Loop, and Slapstick (Amber Quill Press). She is a 21st century anachronism who doesn't belong in this time or place. A collector of vintage clothing, 78 rpm records and memories, she teeters on the edge of sanity by balancing her mundane present-day life against the vague memories of the fun times she had back in 1927 in New York, Chicago and another body.

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