Blues Highway

A migration journey from the South to Chicago

by Carla D. Williams



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/14/2022

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 228
ISBN : 9781669840961
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 228
ISBN : 9781669840947
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 228
ISBN : 9781669840954

About the Book

Blues Highway is one migration story of Blacks from the American South, aided initially by the Pullman porters broad reach into the world beyond. Moving on to the next generation, the porter Sidney sets up his daughter Janet to take hold of his barber shop. As she navigates her life, opportunities and social conditions shift. The power of Janet and Frank's relationship moves the saga forward, touching honestly and deeply on the forces of change. In the end, Janet's move to Atlanta illustrates the return of many African Americans to 'the New South,' where an educated middle class finds success. Blues Highway reclaims the impact of Pullman porters in shaping the black migrations, filled with richness and truths, emotion, love and loss. An early manuscript was recognized as a semi-finalist for the Inaugural Tuscarora Prize in historical fiction in 2019.

About the Author

Carla D. Williams began writing as a teenager in Chicago and later became a newspaper editor and Humanities educator. As a fellow in the Bay Area Writing Project Summer Institute 2010, she produced memoir, fiction, poetry and more. History, travel, sports, politics, and raising her two boys have fed her imagination and dreams. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in e-zines Digital Paper, Poetry Express, Dillydoun Review and elsewhere. She is part of Datura Writer’s Collective in Oakland and developed this novel with support from Marlene Connor Lynch Literary.