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Music and Racism: An Unlikely Pair in a Captivating Novel

Author illustrates the continued discrimination of people of color through his novel about a musician.


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A Long Stretch of Blue
Written by Denis Gray
A Long Stretch of Blue Written by Denis Gray

A Long Stretch of Blue centers on a young blues musician from the South, Arfel Booker. One night after a gig, Arfel is seduced by a woman and finds himself in bed with a dead white man in the morning. This predicament leads him to a train going north, haunted and awaiting the circumstances that follow the alleged crime.

Denis Gray demonstrates the criminal injustice experienced by a black man in his book A Long Stretch of Blue. This creative attack on the societal issue of racism was displayed on LitFire’s booth during the AJC Decatur Book Festival. Held last September 2–4, 2016, the festival is an important gathering of book traders in Atlanta.

A Long Stretch of Blue centers on a young blues musician from the South, Arfel Booker. One night after a gig, Arfel is seduced by a woman and finds himself in bed with a dead white man in the morning. This predicament leads him to a train going north, haunted and awaiting the circumstances that follow the alleged crime. How will a black man defend himself from the accusation of killing a white man in a society plagued by racial discrimination?

The serious and heavy theme of the book is balanced out by music. Gray used blues music as a device for developing Arfel’s character. An Amazon reviewer sites the positive effect of this and describes the book as a “stunner.”
 
 
 

A Long Stretch of Blue
Written by Denis Gray
 
Kindle | $5.99
Paperback | $18.95
Hardcover | $28.95
 
Book copies are available at www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com, and all other online book retailers.
 
 

 

About the Author

Denis Gray is the author of Black Love Notes, Hard Ground, Teardrop, Della’s Deed, Lucky, and Benny’s Last Blast. He lives in New York with his wife, Barbara.


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 Denis Gray
 A Long Stretch of Blue
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