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Laura Lane McNeal: Dollbaby

Jul 10 2014 6:00 pm
Jul 10 2014 7:30 pm

Thursday, July 10th

6-7:30PM 

 

A big-hearted coming-of-age debut set in civil rights-era New Orleans—a novel of Southern eccentricity and secrets

When Ibby Bell’s father dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1964, her mother unceremoniously deposits Ibby with her eccentric grandmother Fannie and throws in her father’s urn for good measure. Fannie’s New Orleans house is like no place Ibby has ever been—and Fannie, who has a tendency to end up in the local asylum—is like no one she has ever met. Fortunately, Fannie’s black cook, Queenie, and her smart-mouthed daughter, Dollbaby, take it upon themselves to initiate Ibby into the ways of the South, both its grand traditions and its darkest secrets.

Fannie’s own family history is fraught with tragedy, hidden behind the closed rooms in her ornate Uptown mansion. It will take Ibby’s arrival to begin unlocking the mysteries there. And it will take Queenie and Dollbaby’s hard-won wisdom to show Ibby that family can sometimes be found in the least expected places.

Laura Lane McNeal discusses and signs her book, Dollbaby.

This book is available in hardcover ($26.95).

If you are unable to attend, you must call the book shop to order signed books.

 

 

Location: 
Street:
Garden District Book Shop
Additional:
2727 Prytania Street
City:
New Orleans
,
Province:
Louisiana
Postal Code:
70130-5968
Country:
United States

Wilton Barnhardt: Lookaway, Lookaway

Jul 12 2014 1:00 pm
Jul 12 2014 3:00 pm

Saturday, July 12th

1-3PM 

Steely and formidable, Jerene Jarvis Johnston sits near the apex of society in contemporary Charlotte, North Carolina, where old Southern money and older family skeletons meet the new wealth of bankers, land speculators, and social climbers. Jerene and her Civil War reenactor husband, Duke, have four adult children—sexually reckless real estate broker Annie; earnest minister Bo; gay-but-don’t-tell-anyone Joshua; and naive, impressionable college freshman Jerilyn. Jerene’s brother, Gaston, is an infamously dissolute novelist and gossip who knows her secrets and Duke’s; while her sister, Dillard, is a reclusive prisoner of her own unfortunate choices. When a scandal threatens the Johnston family’s status and dwindling finances, Jerene swings into action...and she will stop at nothing to keep what she has and preserve her legacy. Wilton Barnhardt's Lookaway, Lookaway is a headlong, hilarious narrative of a family coming apart on the edge of the old South and the new, and an unforgettable woman striving to hold it together.

Wilton Barnhardt, author of Lookaway, Lookaway in conversation with Nathaniel Rich, author of Odds Against Tomorrow.

This book is available in paper back ($16.00).

If you are unable to attend, you must call the book shop to order signed books. 

Location: 
Street:
Garden District Book Shop
Additional:
2727 Prytania Street
City:
New Orleans
,
Province:
Louisiana
Postal Code:
70130-5968
Country:
United States
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