Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Top ten Prohibition-era books

Katharine Schellman is a former actor and one-time political consultant. When not writing about mystery, history, and other improbable things, she can be found in her garden or finding new ways to skip steps while baking.

Schellman currently lives and writes in the mountains of Virginia in the company of her family and the many houseplants she keeps accidentally murdering. Her books include Last Call at the Nightingale and The Last Drop of Hemlock.

At The Strand Magazine Schellman tagged ten top Prohibition-era books, including:
Jazz Moon by Joe Okonkwo

After World War I, Paris became an enclave of artists, home to writers and artists like Ernest Hemingway, Josephine Baker, Cole Porter, and Sylvia Beach. But while bohemian Paris was full of inspiration, it also was grounded in the heartache and trauma of the post-World War I generation.

In Joe Okonkwo’s Jazz Moon, a poet and a trumpet player meet on a hot summer day in Harlem and, after striking up a friendship, decide to join the many Black artists moving to Paris. They’re hoping to escape the pervasive racism of their home country, but they find that the Jazz Age can be as decadent, seedy, and bittersweet in Paris as it is in New York City.
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--Marshal Zeringue