French translation (Il était une fois Morris Jones) by Philippe Loubat-Delranc coming in April 2015 from Editions Autrement
Cap & Sneakers Studios, 2012
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.
What People Are Saying About Mojo's Guitar
“Ran Walker's Mojo's Guitar plays an authentic Blues song on the page, filled with all the sorrow, heartache, and beauty that entails. This layered, haunting book is worth listening to.”
-- Mat Johnson, author of Pym and Incognegro
“Ran Walker brings the blues into the 21st century and shows us how we can never forget our roots as long as we keep the love in our hearts. Thank you, Ran, for picking up the guitar of fiction and fretting together characters of such warmth, depth, and humanity.”
-- Tyehimba Jess, author of Leadbelly: Poems
“In Mojo's Guitar, readers encounter a modern-day blues novel, complete with a forgotten musician and a historically disenfranchised past. Walker's clarity of style and smooth, mellifluous language render this effort one to be proud of. This work places him among the cadre of new black voices budding with fresh, ripe tales of a past and present yet to untold.”
-- Daniel Black, author of Perfect Peace and Twelve Gates to the City
“The blues is a strange beast. Unpredictable; blindsiding. Ran Walker’s Mojo’s Guitar stitches blues with a literary style that is smart, accessible, and unexpected. A collection that resonates like the songs of Blind Willie Johnson, Son House, Albert King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and others. Serious, humorous, sexual, intelligent, and descriptive, Mojo’s Guitar is what makes blues good and novels great.”
~- Van G. Garrett, author of Songs in Blue Negritude
"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, author and founder of MelaNated Writers Collective (New Orleans, LA)
“Mojo's Guitar touches deep in the soul. The words jump off the page, and I feel like I'm right there with the characters of the story. And the Blues...it's ever so present and honest!”
-- Lamont Jack Pearley, Talking Bout The Blues Podcast and Blog, NYC
“The characters become so familiar, their conflicts so realistic, and their dilemmas and dreams so tangible, that as a reader you will feel as though you were in the Mississippi Delta along with them.”
-- Dr. Sabin Duncan, Director of the Freddye T. Davey Honors College at Hampton University