The Summer of the Terraplane Blues

The Summer of the Terraplane Blues

Author: Gregory Yawman

Deep down in the Delta, the Blues touch your soul…

In an extensively researched novel, The Summer of the Terraplane Blues brings Robert Johnson, father of the Delta Blues, to life by filling in some of the gaps in Johnson's short life.

Set in the Mississippi Delta in the last summer of Johnson's life, the book pairs Johnson with a young, bookish, African-American college student from the North who is studying the cultural impact of blues music on black society as a college project. Together, they face the struggles of young black men in a rigidly segregated South as the student travels with Johnson through juke joints, plantations, and street corners in 1938 Mississippi—all against a backdrop of blues music.

Although the work is fiction, everything is painstakingly tied to known (although sometimes contradictory) historical facts. This book, devoted to the life, myth and music of Johnson, creates a living blues musician.

Review Comments

The Summer of the Terraplane Blues holds your interest as Yawman creates a believable plot infused with characters that feel real to the reader. One of the better books of fiction centered on blues music—definitely worth reading!

Blues Blast Magazine

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