Willie Lee Reed, a young guitarslinger from Detroit, blows into the South Side of Chicago to challenge the master of the blues, Heddy Days, in a cutting session—only to be beaten by one perfect note. But Willie Lee's genius is clear; it's just that he has a lot to learn. This is a novel of fierce competitions, murder, desire, civic corruption, and powerful hoodoo, exploring how we suffer and fight for the lives we are born to fulfill.
Robert Dunn is a writer, teacher, and musician.
His novels include The Sting Rays, Pink Cadillac (chosen as a Book Sense pick in 2002), Cutting Time: a Novel of the Blues, Soul Cavalcade, Meet the Annas, and Look at Flower (which Wavy Gravy digs!). An excerpt from Pink Cadillac appeared in The Best in Rock Fiction (Hal Leonard, 2005). Another musical story, Bo Diddley, is in the anthology The Best Underground Fiction (Stolen Time Publishing, 2006).
He has finished a new novel, Stations of the Cross, to be published in June 2013.
For the last years of the writer Bernard Malamud's life, Dunn was his personal assistant.
He's also published widely, including an O. Henry Prize-winning story, as well as fiction in The Atlantic, Redbook, Omni, and numerous literary journals, a poem in The New Yorker, and a front-page essay in the New York Times Book Review. Years ago he worked for The New Yorker magazine, and he taught at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa.
For the past 25 years Dunn has taught fiction writing at The New School in New York City. He also works for Sports Illustrated magazine as a copyeditor. As a musician, Dunn is the founder of the musical group Thin Wild Mercury, as well as its guitar player and principal songwriter. The group is on hiatus now, but in the past they've played often around New York City, including regularly at Arlene's Grocery and CB's Gallery.
Dunn is married to a set designer/art director and lives in New York City.
Find out more at www.robertdunn.net, including music tracks and info on new novels.