An enigmatic former bluesman is at the heart of three distinct novellas that make up this novel, as a first time novelist on assignment to write a magazine profile, a fifteen year old boy struggling to make sense of his parents’ deaths, and an estranged son seeking answers discover how their lives are forever altered by their interactions with an all but forgotten bluesman named Morris “Mojo” Jones. With all of the color and flavor of the Mississippi Delta, Mojo's Guitar is a rare glimpse into a world rarely explored in literary fiction.
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A native of Mississippi, Ran Walker is a graduate of Morehouse College (BA), Pace University (MS), and George Washington University Law School (JD). He has worked in the publishing industry for such companies as The New Yorker, Forbes Inc., and VIBE/SPIN Ventures. He has also practiced law, before turning his attention to writing. Walker is the author of the novels 30 Love and B-Sides and Remixes, as well as 16 Bars: A Short Story Mixtape. He has participated in the Callaloo and Hurston-Wright writer workshops and is the recipient of a Mississippi Arts Commission/NEA fellowship for creative nonfiction, an Artist-in-Residence position with the Mississippi Arts Commission program All Write!, and an artist mini-grant from the commission. His work as appeared in several anthologies and journals, including Zane's New York Times bestseller Succulent: Chocolate Flava 2. Walker lives with his wife, Lauren, in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, where he teaches creative writing at Hampton University.Review:
"Mojo's Guitar is a Southern tale ripe with lust, regret, death. It epitomizes the blues. Read with a stiff drink in hand."
-- jewel bush, Founder of MelaNated Writers Collective (New Orleans, LA)
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