DIARY OF A BLUES GODDESS

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Georgia is a New Orleans wedding singer who earns her living warbling ABBA hits but longs to sing the blues like Billie Holiday and Etta James. She lives in a former (possibly haunted) brothel with her grandmother, her drag queen best friend, Dominique, and any number of friends in need who crash at their "Heartbreak Hotel."

Georgia has a plate full of issues to deal with—her mother's death, her father's abandonment, her aunt's diary, lovelorn band members and the man she thinks is the love of her life. Although some characters never rise above one-dimension, this is a pleasant read with enough drama to hold interest. (Aug., 304 pp., $12.95)

Reviewed by: 
Samantha J. Gust