LitChat: Renee Rosen (reprise)

by | Mar 27, 2017

Renee Rosen returns to #LitChat on March 27, 2017 at 4 p.m. E.T. Follow #LitChat on Twitter, or login to our dedicated channel at

In 1960s Chicago, a young woman stands in the middle of a musical and social revolution in a new historical novel from bestselling author Renee Rosen.

Leeba Groski doesn’t exactly fit in, but her love of music is not lost on her childhood friend and neighbor, Leonard Chess, who offers her a job at his new record company in Chicago. What starts as answering phones and filing becomes more than Leeba ever dreamed of, as she comes into her own as a songwriter and crosses paths with legendary performers like Chuck Berry and Etta James. But it’s Red Dupree, a black blues guitarist from Louisiana, who captures her heart and changes her life.

Their relationship is unwelcome in segregated Chicago and they are shunned by Leeba’s Orthodox Jewish family. Yet in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement, Leeba and Red discover that, in times of struggle, music can bring people together.

Renée Rosen is the bestselling author of White Collar Girl, What the Lady Wants and Dollface. She is also the author of Every Crooked Pot, a YA novel published in 2007. Renée lives in Chicago where she is at work on a new novel set in New York City in the 1960s

Follow Renee Rosen on Twitter: @ReneeRosen1.

Photo of Renee Rosen by Charles Osgood.

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