Poka City Blues

Poka City Blues

by A.L. Gibson


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ISBN-13: 9781365374937
Publisher: Lulu.com
Publication date: 03/04/2017
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.85(d)

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Poka City Blues 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ClaireBear74 More than 1 year ago
wow. I was in no way prepared for how emotionally invested I’d get in this book… it has been a loooong time since that has happened to me. To be fair the author warns us in the intro that she doesn’t sugar-coat anything… and her story is much, much richer, powerful, and provocative for it. The writing is so beautiful and atmospheric, we really feel transported to the Deep South during this pivotal time in history. Sedelia is a compelling and engaging narrator and we are lost in her words and her remarkable life from the first page to the last. Such an amazing read that blew my socks off. A must read for fans of lit fiction, family drama, history – heck anyone who wants to read a wonderful, well-written story of life in the South – the good, the bad, and the ugly.
LauraClarke More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Poka City Blues” by A.L. Gibson is by far one of the most original and well-crafted novels I’ve read in a long time! I was completely drawn in from the get-go, and absolutely loved the author’s use of description of the different scenery and locales, and her attention to detail for the time period. There is a lot of life and drama in these pages, and Sedelia is such a great storyteller, it’s like a friend or family member is talking and we just want to keep listening. It is told all in narrative prose so there is no dialogue. Some readers may not like that, but I felt it worked here… gave it more of an autobiography feel, even though it is fiction. A quick read that I finished in the course of a night, and I enjoyed every page… even the “harsher” ones.
GillianH More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book! I thought it was excellently written and kept my attention from the opening to the fulfilling finish. It is a different type of book where although there are lots of very interesting characters, they don’t talk, and the whole thing is being ‘told’ to us by the 76 year-old narrator, Sedelia (love her!). Her story is about her life in Alabama in the 30’s-50’s to today…. While I very much enjoyed the story, at times I did find myself longing for character interaction (dialogue) to truly engage and feel part of the story, instead of being on the outside looking in. Would have loved to ‘see’ more of the characters’ personalities (especially Tilden) instead of just hearing what he did. Overall a compelling an eye-opening book, one I just wish had more of a personal connection for the readers. Recommend for adults only, and I’d be happy to read more of A.L. Gibson’s writing in the future.
essieh More than 1 year ago
to say this is totally unlike anything I’ve ever read before would be an understatement! I’m not sure how to even describe this book as so much happens, and it seems to touch on so many elements, themes, and subjects. It’s brutal and in your face – the author holds little back in her portrayal of life for a poor black girl/woman in the Deep South in the 40s and 50s’. She does an amazing job of telling Sedelia’s story (Or Sedelia does an amazing job telling us – hard to say…) and I was enraptured in this dramatic tale the whole way through. Although it does lack some overall tension or action at times, it is a nice literary-style read where the characters make up the story, and there sure are some interesting ones here. It is presented almost like a nonfiction story, yet it is clearly fiction. But it feels like it could be real, and it has an uplifting, inspiration message of survival and never giving up. “A rough past does not define you; you define you.” Very interesting!
SteffyC More than 1 year ago
okay, I don’t even know where to begin because so much happens and I don’t want to give anything away… “Poka City Blues” is one of the most interesting and realistic-feeling books I’ve read in a long time. First- the writing was stellar. The strong word choice and fluid prose makes it a very easy book to sink into and just get lost. There are enough descriptions where you can picture everything perfectly, but not so much that it bogs down the pacing. I wish I knew what the characters looked like better though, but no big deal. There is quite the cast of characters that come through this storyline and affect Sedelia’s life one way or another… to me the most interesting one was her relationship with Tildon, and I only wish there could have been more focus on them… he was so troubled and flawed, but they were dynamic… I was sad when the book was done and definitely experienced the full range of emotions with this one. But the ending leaves us with hope, and I for one hope to read more from this talented author in the future. Recommend.
ElizaBEB More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars POKA CITY BLUES was a very original take on ‘fiction’ for me, and it seemed like I was reading a recounting of something “real” that had happened, even though that is obviously not the case. I know that all fiction novels are like that (realistic-feeling stories that are made up), but this one was exceptionally so…. It starts off with some considerable backstory to set up the scene and ground the reader in the Southern world-building, which the author A.L. Gibson does a wonderfully convincing job of creating as a believable backdrop. We almost feel like we are there with Sedelia trapping fireflies and chasing June bugs. The author also has a great “voice” in spinning these various storylines all together and giving us such strong insight to the various unique characters. I feel like I could see this being a movie of the week or something. Lots of Southern flavor, and packs an emotional punch. It is raw, gritty, and real… and ultimately uplifting. Enjoyed “the Soapbox”. Ha! Well done.