“Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.” Eden, Arkansas is a town you are from, not move to. But when divorce, foreclosure, domestic violence, and an all-expense paid trip (also called prison) disrupt the Washington siblings perfectly planned lives, they end up back down home. Instead of serenity, sibling rivalries, divided loyalties and money squabbles resurface. Even the good news, that there may be natural gas on their fathers land, causes conflict. When their father, C.W. Washington, one of the largest landowners in the county, announces his engagement, barely six months after his wife s death, his daughters fear Viagra is clouding his judgement (his sons say go for it). Homemade preserves and family dinners are welcome by-products of the move down home. Unfortunately, family members aren t always singing in the same key. But just a few notes can switch a gloomy blues tune to the soundtrack for a good time. What song will the Washingtons play?
Advance Praise for Down Home Blues
“Ms. Dixon has penned another riveting Southern family drama.”
Evelyn Palfrey, Essence Magazine best-selling author
“Down Home Blues does a fantastic job of exploring how individuals and families interrelate…”
D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review
“…Phyllis R. Dixon carefully portrays real life’s issues in this well-written story. Not everyone has a happy ending or the perfect life…. A journey unlike any other. I do recommend this to readers and I rate Down Home Blues a four out of five stars. “
D.Urban/African Americans on the Move Book Club