Afro-Bougie Blues is a collection of twelve original, engaging, and occasionally edgy short stories that dig into the souls of ordinary black women and men meeting life’s challenges with courage and care.
Afro-Bougie Blues is a collection of twelve original, engaging, and occasionally edgy short stories that dig into the souls of ordinary black women and men meeting life’s challenges with courage and care. Newlywed Alexis considers her past abortion after having a miscarriage. Rodney, an Army veteran, subdues his war memories with alcohol. As Bessie loses weight, she watches her marriage crumble around her. Derek reflects on his pre-teen daughter’s complicated questions about love. Deirdre complicates her marriage when she falls in love with a jazz singer. Watch as the protagonists find their way, find love, or find themselves amid the chaos. Explore the world of Afro-Bougie Blues. An extraordinary assortment of stories awaits you. Dig in.
Lauren Wilson has been writing poetry and prose off and on for over 40 years, beginning with a series of poems to commemorate a cousin who passed away at age 19. She finds inspiration for her stories from a muse, an inner voice that propels her to put thoughts and emotions into words.
The stories are emotionally moving and thought-provoking as they are written in a way that sounds to the reader's mind as pure thought and conversations from one person to another. The dialogue is refreshing, and the reader can find some parts of themselves and others in the stories.
This book has really helped me change my overall perspective. I really owe it to Lauren Wilson for taking this initiative and sharing such knowledge with the rest of us.
After reading 3 of her books, I can say that I am glad to have found this amazing author. Ms. Lauren has really shed light on some of the least discussed topics in our community.
This recollection of different stories emphasizing different aspects of life really is a game-changer. Needless to say, I enjoyed reading every bit of it, and I expect this prodigy of an author to release more books in the future. Kudos!
Even when dealing with some serious matters, the book provides a healthy share of laugh out loud moments. Moreover, while the characters engender sympathy, readers may find themselves not only commiserating with, cheering on, or crying for these characters, but may in one instance or other feel the urge to cuss some of them out.
Lauren Wilson isn't just an author; she's also a magician, as she must have used some sort of magic to make her stories so enjoyable to read… It is a must-read for anyone and opens up many topics for discussion, making it a great selection for any book club!
Some stories are lighthearted and then are surprisingly deep at the end. Each short story reminded me of a different reason to overly indulge in the joy of reading. I was sorry when I completed the last story.
I only drink at night. I’m not sure why. All the death I saw happened in broad daylight. But I can hold off the memories during the day. – Alone With my Nightmares
“My mother died last week and I have a myriad of memories of her that I want to share.” – A Flood of Memories
My body tried to warn me, but I didn’t want to listen. So, it sent a back pain. I ignored it. A stomachache. Not feelin’ it. The spotting was the final hint, and then the geyser came. – Mourning Angela
“Dad, I need to ask you a question.” Aisha stood in the doorway of the den, decked out in a purple t-shirt and matching pajama bottoms, wondering if her father had heard her. – Her Question
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