Barbara K. Richardson's debut novel Guest House is an engaging read, the story of a woman who drastically changes her life after a personal tragedy. Richardson effortlessly weaves the story of this woman into an ensemble cast of characters with surprising humor and a large dose of humanity.
In her own words, here is Barbara K. Richardson's Book Notes Music Playlist for her debut novel, Guest House:
I never listen to music when I'm writing, but it does provide solace in the between times, when the heart needs easing or grounding or release.
My subconscious tends to choose one song or one CD and ride it for years. It's almost a mantra, the soundtrack of progress through a particular phase in my life. In the case of writing my novel Guest House, Taj Mahal's Kulanjan served as the welcoming committee. It is by turns playful and soulful. "Tunkaranke/The Adventurer," sung so beautifully by Toumani Diabate, says "SLOW DOWN and OPEN UP, stupid," in the nicest way...
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Check out Kulanjan, "a rousing set of eclectic grooves, calling on ragtime, barrelhouse blues and even rock'n'roll."