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Afro-Bougie Blues: A Collection of Short Fiction


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Every bad situation is a blues song waiting to happen - Amy Winehouse.

Afro-Bouge Blues: A Collection of Short Fiction by Lauren Wilson is an anthology of twelve extraordinary short stories that deal with the lives of ordinary African American men and women facing life's challenges head on.

This collection features an assortment of stories, the next one more poignant than the last. Wilson pulls no punches when she tackles subjects such as abortion, alcoholism, and even a single father tasked with trying to discuss love and sex with his teenage daughter.

As a mother of two, I really felt the pain of the female protagonist who first had an abortion and then later on kept having miscarriages. Or the story of the gentleman with post traumatic stress disorder. After giving his service to his country his reward was to live in a waking nightmare. A nightmare were he daily sees children the age of his daughter dying with home made bombs.

I lived in Frankfort, KY at one time and attended K.S.U. I very much appreciated the historical research that went into the story that featured this small but thriving city. I cringed while reading about the dilemma faced by the young woman meeting her boyfriend's mother for the first time and the subsequent age old problem of light skin versus dark skin rearing its ugly head.

While I thoroughly enjoyed all of the stories, sometimes I longed for a little more description. Wilson has a great way of helping readers empathize with her characters. With a smidge more of descriptive nuances it would truly breathe life into her remarkable protagonists. In every story I had no trouble feeling what the characters felt, but I know that with a little more description I'd truly be able see them better, and see the world as they see it.

I give Afro-Bouge Blues: A Collection of Short Fiction by Lauren Wilson 4 out of 5 stars. From Affirmative Action, dashed hopes and dreams, to adulterous confessions, Afro-Bouge Blues has it all.

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About the author

Lauren Wilson has been writing poetry and prose off and on for over 40 years, beginning with a series of poems to commemorate a cousin who passed away at age 19. She finds inspiration for her stories from a muse, an inner voice that propels her to put thoughts and emotions into words. view profile

Published on May 30, 2022

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30000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: African American Fiction

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