On Tour 04/04/22-04/30/22 ”American Blues” by Polly Hamilton Hilsabeck


Release Date:
April 12, 2022

About The Book:

A week after Easter 1973—following the lynching of Black church sexton Sam Jefferson—Lily Vida Wallace is dropped like an immigrant into Greenville, South Carolina. After returning home to Manhattan, Lily continues theological studies in anticipation of the overturn of a centuries-old, males-only priesthood and simultaneously struggles with her erratic engagement. When her fiancé flees following discovery of professional impropriety and Atlanta attorney Rodney Davis lands in her path, a new love grows—accelerating Lily’s understanding even as it challenges her naïveté about race.

Some two decades later, high-profile interracial nuptials in Oakland, California, become the occasion for a reunion between the now Reverend Vida and Lucius Clay, the fiery journalist she met in South Carolina. Within weeks of their re-meeting, Lucius is dispatched to cover Black church burnings—beginning with Lily’s hometown in Texas.

About The Author:

POLLY HAMILTON HILSABECK was in the second wave of women ordained priest in the Episcopal Church in 1985 in the Diocese of Los Angeles and currently lives with her husband in Durham, North Carolina. https://www.pollyhamiltonhilsabeck.com/

Book Blurbs: 

“Hilsabeck’s prose is vivid and urgent . . .” —Kirkus Reviews 

“The blues are black folks’ breathing through the grisly legacies of white malevolence and grotesque bloodlust in America. American Blues gives readers a haunting glimpse into the casual and sustained brutality of white supremacy.”—Pierce Freelon, writer, composer, and codirector of The History of White People in America

“A heartfelt chorus of narrative voices about decades of racial violence in America.” 

—Susan Straight, author of The Gettin Place and In the Country of Women

Bloggers On Tour:

April 4th – She Just Loves Books https://instagram.com/shejustlovesbooks

April 4th- Rozier Reads and Wine https://instagram.com/rozierreadsandwine

April 6th – CMT Loves Wine and Books https://instagram.com/cmtloveswineandbooks

April 7th – Nurse Bookie https://instagram.com/nurse_bookie

April 8th – Reading With Mere-https://instagram.com/readingwithmere

April 8th -Laura’s Next Chapter https://instagram.com/laurasnextchapter

April 10th – The Bookworm Blonde https://instagram.com/the_bookworm_blonde

April 10th – The Salty Bookworm https://instagram.com/thesaltybookworm

April 11th – Biblio Reviews https://instagram.com/biblioreviews 

April 11th- Minsta Books https://instagram.com/minstabooks

April 11th- Shooks Books https://instagram.com/shook_sbooks

April 12th- Read A Lot Write A Lot https://instagram.com/readalotwritealot

April 12th- Books And Beabulls https://instagram.com/books_and_beabulls

April 12th – Love My Books 2020 https://instagram.com/lovemybooks2020

April 13th- Bookoholic Cafe https://instagram.com/bookoholiccafe

April 13th – ML Book Love https://instagram.com/mlbooklove

April 14th – Bookworm Struggles  https://instagram.com/bookworm.struggles

April 15th- Megs Book Club https://instagram.com/megsbookclub

April 27th- Tammy Reads https://instagram.com/tammyreads62

April 29th – Books and Coffee MX https://instagram.com/booksandcoffeemx

April 30th – Maggie The Reader https://www.instagram.com/maggiethereader/

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