Bodacious Blues

Fiction - Cultural
372 Pages
Reviewed on 08/27/2011
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Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite

In this third book of the series, Author Whitney LeBlanc goes to the third generation of A Louisiana Creole family who has struggled to come of age after a history of conflict and racism. The two grandchildren of Martha Broussard are now grown and looking for productive and meaningful adult lives. Ann elects to go to medical school where she learns that her dedication lies with the people in her small Louisiana town. Ann's brother, Les, has hopes of becoming an actor, much to the disappointment of his estranged father, Lester. Les elects not to tell his father of his choices as he needs the financial support of his father in order to go to acting school at Northwestern.

Les has a history of acting out with anyone who crosses him. He saves the life a a girl under attack and later becomes involved with her. Throughout his school years, Les passes as White and when seeking a job in Hollywood, he has conflicted feelings about passing as White. Ironically, his big break in the show business world comes as a result of a leak to the decision-makers that he is, indeed, a Black man. Even when successful, Les is not a happy man. He continues to use brutality in times when he is threatened, and he has feelings of inferiority at his sister's success.

The author uses an honest and forthright story-telling manner which allows the reader to form his or her own impressions of the richly-developed characters. One does not have to agree or disagree with the author as to the motivations of his characters. Rather, one simply has to understand that, in a small corner of the country, in the sixties to the eighties, this was the way it was.