San Francisco, 1950: The residents of the Honeysuckle Rose Hotel - musicians all - are a quirky bunch each with their secrets, addictions, sins of their own making, traumatic issues that weigh down upon their shoulders, nightmares from the past, or dreams of things the way they ought to be. Earl Crier, a blind, bluesy crooner, is their heart and soul, until one day when a policeman sees a tall black man mugging – hugging a blind white man on the front steps of the hotel, this house of cards begins to fall. As the blues man falls silent can the Honeysuckle Rose survive?
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Sherman Smith’s Silencing the Blues Man is the last of a trilogy featuring amazing characters including the Blues Man himself, Earl Crier and his lady Stella. The story of a quirky set of misfits, mostly musicians, takes place in post WWII San Francisco. The trilogy illuminates some of the racism and fanaticism during that time, challenging us to think about the same issues today. The stories within the story and the characters are compelling. I wanted the group’s experiences at the Honeysuckle Rose Hotel to continue. I wanted to hear more music from The Grotto’s Earl Crier Quintet. Silencing the Blues Man plus the first two books: Poets Can’t Sing and Honeysuckle Rose Hotel tell us about loyalty, love and what it truly means to be “family”. Sherman’s work helps keep our faith in humanity.