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Paperback, Published in Dec 2011 by Createspace

ISBN10: 1461106311 | ISBN13: 9781461106319

Page count: 606

Just after WWII, when America is under the arduous task of redefining itself both domestically and abroad, Esther Allen embarks on a profound spiritual journey to redefine herself as an African American and as a woman. Set in a rural East Texas town in the early 1950s, Esther's journey of self-discovery takes place during a volatile time before the Civil Rights Movement and during a countrywide transition and upheaval. When Esther goes to work for her new employer, Taylor Payne, a predictable and professional friendship ensues. However, when that friendship leads to romance, their budding connection will have to contend with the shifting roles of relationships and expectations in an ever-changing world. Solomon's Blues is a dramatic novel about the complex relationship journey that takes place between two people in a mercurial era in American history. By bringing forth the challenges of living a faithful life and how hard it is to learn to trust people, this captivating book sheds light on the difficulties that all people face when adapting to change. Esther's remarkable task of accepting and redefining herself amidst the emotional, social, and physical circumstances that bring about a change in roles and responsibility takes readers on a thought-provoking and dramatic ride through one woman's difficult period in life. The unique exploration of the ambivalent feelings shared by many black Americans who love a country that they don't feel values them is an engaging background to Esther's remarkable spiritual journey. Solomon's Blues mixes a love of history with a profound interest in the evolution of human relationships. A complex mix of social commentary, self-discovery, and romantic evolution, this novel is a compelling read that is sure to resonate with readers long after the final page is turned.

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