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Don't Start Me Talkin'

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"A master storyteller, Tom Williams enters the living history of Delta Blues and emerges with his own thrilling tall tale, alive with American music, American legend, American heart."—Matt Bell, author of In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods

"Tom Williams writes like Paul Auster might if he were funnier or like Stanley Elkin might have if he'd ever been able to stop laughing. Darkly charming."—Steve Yarbrough, author of Safe From the Neighbors, The End of California, and Prisoners of War, on The Mimic's Own Voice

"Williams perfectly mimics an array of voices, weaving in multiple layers of analysis so complex and believable the reader must either question their legitimacy or laugh out loud with admiration and enjoyment."—Necessary Fiction, on The Mimic's Own Voice

Don't Start Me Talkin' is a comedic road novel about Brother Ben, the only remaining True Delta Bluesman, playing his final North American tour. Set in contemporary society, Brother Ben's protege Peter narrates an episodic "last ride" across the great forty-eight, laying bare America's complicated relationship with African American identity, music, and culture. Much like his hero Sonny Boy Williamson once sang, Peter promises, "I'll tell everything I know."

Tom Williams is the author of The Mimic's Own Voice (Main Street Rag Publishing Co). He has also published numerous stories, reviews, and essays, most recently in RE:AL, The Collagist, Booth, and Slab. An associate editor of American Book Review, he is the chair of English at Morehead State University.

Synopsis:

In this comic road novel, roles are reversed, race gets reviewed, and a legendary Delta bluesman takes one last ride.

Synopsis:

Dont Start Me Talkin' is a comedic road novel about Brother Ben, the only remaining True Delta Bluesman, playing his final North American tour. Set in contemporary society, Brother Ben's protege Silent Sam Stamps narrates an episodic 'last ride,' laying bare America's complicated relationship with African American identity, music, and culture, and like his hero Sonny Boy Williamson once sang, Silent Sam promises "I'll tell everything I know."

Dont Start Me Talkin is not merely a story about the blues, but with its rhythm, language, and sense of self and place, it also channels the DNA of this very American style of music.

About the Author

Tom Williams is the author of The Mimic's Own Voice (Main Street Rag Publishing Co). He has also published numerous stories, reviews, and essays, most recently in RE:AL, The Collagist, Booth, and Slab. An associate editor of American Book Review, he is the Chair of English at Morehead State University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780988480445
Author:
Williams, Tom
Publisher:
Curbside Splendor Publishing
Author:
Williams, Tom
Subject:
Humor : General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20140231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
BandW illustrations
Pages:
250
Dimensions:
7 x 7 in

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In this comic road novel, roles are reversed, race gets reviewed, and a legendary Delta bluesman takes one last ride.

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Dont Start Me Talkin' is a comedic road novel about Brother Ben, the only remaining True Delta Bluesman, playing his final North American tour. Set in contemporary society, Brother Ben's protege Silent Sam Stamps narrates an episodic 'last ride,' laying bare America's complicated relationship with African American identity, music, and culture, and like his hero Sonny Boy Williamson once sang, Silent Sam promises "I'll tell everything I know."

Dont Start Me Talkin is not merely a story about the blues, but with its rhythm, language, and sense of self and place, it also channels the DNA of this very American style of music.

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