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This week we’re proud to feature another of our self-published authors, Whitney J. LeBlanc, and the third installment of the Broussard family saga, Bodacious Blues.
Outskirts Press self-published author Whitney J. LeBlanc’s Bodacious Blues follows the coming-of-age trials of Ann and Les Martel, third-generation descendants of a proud Creole family who survived lynching, lust, religious conflict, scandal and, of course, the blues.
As the grandchildren of Martha Broussard, Ann and Les Martel must learn to carve their own paths in a world that at first seems remarkably different than their grandmother’s as they grapple with their own coming of age. Honesty has become weakness, truth is no longer the truth and sexual cross-identification is the new “value” that must be confronted.
Yet, underneath these challenges of a modern society so distinct from their Creole roots, Ann and Les find that they must also still deal with religious controversy and racial exploitation.
Ann Martel ends up a professional success by becoming the doctor that her grandfather always hoped her brother Les would become, but that social achievement pales for her privately as she becomes disappointed in love. Finally she finds happiness and contentment, despite all the reasons not to, with an older woman partner.
Les, on the other hand, defies everyone who challenges him in becoming the man he wants to be. He protests racial discrimination in Estilette. He takes on an abusive lover in Chicago. He fights a Paul Bunyan size giant in the backwoods of Bemidji. After arriving in Hollywood and giving a deserved comeuppance to a backstabber, he realizes that Tinsel Town is not the place he thought, and hoped, it would be. Its values are not his values, its truth is not his truth, and “loyalty” is an unknown word.
Bodacious Blues is a fitting finale to the fascinating tale of the remarkable Broussard family begun in Blues in the Wind and continued in Shadows of the Blues.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Louisiana native Whitney J. LeBlanc has been a teacher, writer, producer, set designer and award wining theatre director. He holds a Master’s Degree in Theatre Arts Production from the University of Iowa and has spent more than half his fifty year career in Hollywood as a television director. LeBlanc now lives in the Napa valley with his physician wife and writes novels and creates stained glass windows.
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