Melting the Blues

Melting the Blues

by Tracy Chiles McGhee


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Winner of the 2016 Fauset Book Award in the Category of First Fiction

Set in Arkansas in 1957, the complexities of identity, yearnings for love and acceptance, and racial tension are all unmasked in the riveting literary drama, Melting the Blues, by debut author Tracy Chiles McGhee. Augustus Lee Rivers, a farmer and bluesman, has two obsessions: his relationship with the Duncan family and his desire to leave small town Chinaberry to become a musician in Chicago. When his plans are prevented by a devastating betrayal, Augustus is driven into the belly of the blues where he must reckon with his past if he is to move forward. This intriguing, multi-layered historical tale beckons readers down a red dirt country road to bear witness to an unforgettable time, place, and people.

"A brave, musical story rich with Southern history."-- Kirkus Reviews

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ISBN-13: 9780997135442
Publisher: Gold Fern Press
Publication date: 03/06/2016
Pages: 270
Sales rank: 942,063
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Tracy Chiles McGhee is a multi-genre writer and the debut author of the novel Melting the Blues. McGhee is the Winner of the 2016 Fauset Book Award in the category of First Fiction. She was a Finalist in the 2014 William Faulkner - William B. Wisdom Creative Writing Competition in the Novel-in-Progress category. In addition, she received the distinction of "Honorable Mention" for the Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction Award in the 2014 International Literary Awards presented by Salem College. McGhee was rooted in Chicago, Illinois, raised in Mount Holly, Arkansas, nourished in San Francisco, California, and stirred in Washington, DC. She is the Co-Founder of the Literacy Empowerment Action Project. In addition, she is an Ambassador for the National Museum of African-American History and Culture. McGhee graduated from Catholic University Law School and Georgetown University. Her webpage is

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