Jazz Town, a novel, is the story of the free-and-easy days of prohibition, sex, the birth of the jazz age, and how Jews assimilated into Midwestern culture. Readers will recognize famous people like Jelly Roll Morton, Count Basie, Sigmund Harzfeld, and Rabbi Samuel Mayerberg, all of whom add to the true-to-life plot. "What really happened in Kansas City was just too good a story not to be told," says Barnett.
An Amazon reviewer wrote, "The characters, dialog, predicaments, surroundings, famous people, and familiar places all blend to make the book a super read." Jazz Town is available in book form at the American Jazz Museum and ebook at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.
Beth Lyon Barnett was born in Kansas City, Missouri. She and her husband live in Prairie Village with their rescued miniature schnauzer,"Too Tall" Looie. Beth's work has appeared in numerous magazines and periodicals including The Kansas City Star, The Jewish Chronicle and The Sun. She is a graduate of Mills College in Oakland CA. and a founding member of the Jackson and Johnson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) projects. Beth is a member of the Kansas City Writer's Group, Write Brain Trust, and the board of directors of Whispering Prairie Press, publishers of Kansas City VOICES Magazine.
Barnett's blog is at http://www.bethlyonbarnett.com.