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Twelve Bar Blues

Twelve Bar Blues

Author(s): Patrick Neate

Location(s): Africa, New Orleans, New York City (NYC)

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 20th Century/19th Century

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Spanning three continents and two centuries, Twelve Bar Blues is an epic tale of fate, family, friendship and jazz. At its heart is Lick Holden, a young jazz musician, who sets New Orleans on fire with his cornet at the beginning of the last century. But Lick’s passion is to find his lost step-sister and that’s a journey that leads him to a place he can call ‘home’. Meanwhile, at the other end of the century, we find Sylvia, an English prostitute, and Jim, a young drifter. They’re in search of Sylvia’s past, lost somewhere in the mists of the Louisiana bayou.

Patrick Neate has written a story that straddles time and space, love and friendship, roots and pilgrimage and everything between. Poignant and hilarious, it will hook you – like a favourite tune – till the end.

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A rollicking novel…energetic, divinely plotted. If the description of Lick raising the roof of a honky-tonk doesn’t make your heart beat a little faster, there might be something wrong with your heart (The Times...

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