West of New Orleans among a few small Gulf islands lies the Isle aux Chiens, a tiny, impoverished strip of land burdened by intolerable heat and roaming packs of wild dogs. Here a handful of Creole families eke out a meager existence by fishing the Gulf waters. Such is the fate of Al Landry and his seventeen-year-old daughter, Annie. All Annie has ever known is the wild sea, but she longs for other people and places, including the glamor of life in the Big Easy. When a cruel, handsome sailing boat pilot from the city passes through, he kindles Annie’s fantasies for a life beyond the island. Soon, the young girl faces a decision: remain planted in the predictable life she has always known, or toss it all aside for her dreamed-of adventure.
Elsewhere on the island, eighteen-year-old Henry Livaudais disappears on a hunting expedition, sparking a feud with a neighboring settlement of Yugoslavian oystermen. As the summer heat intensifies, his father tries to discover why Henry left the isolated fishing settlement.
By the author of The Keepers of the House, this novel follows two teenagers on the cusp of adulthood as they look for an escape from their Southern homes. The National Book Award–shortlisted author establishes herself as the master chronicler of bayou life in this debut novel that captures the complexities of the Deep South’s most impoverished corners.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Shirley Ann Grau, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.
- Verlag: Open Road Media
- Seitenzahl: 468
- Erscheinungstermin: 10.04.2012
- ISBN-13: 9781453247242
- Artikelnr.: 37919146
“[Grau’s] fine gift for description and her honest eye for her islanders—for their pride, self-reliance and courage, as well as their touches of sloth, prurience, and plain human cussedness—give them and their island the right to life. Paramountly, Miss Grau’s portrait of Annie, as it develops throughout the book, is a frank and compassionate study of adolescence in itself.” —The New York Times Book Review
“A large and delicately colored panorama of summertime on a hot and lonely island off the coast of Louisiana.” —The New Yorker
“Grau recreates in all its dimensions the singular life of an inbred, almost isolated little world.” —The Atlantic
Praise for Shirley Ann Grau
“In her low-key but forceful way, Grau writes about themes that transcend time and place.” —Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post
“Shirley Ann Grau’s quill is filled with gold.” —The New York Times
“One of the novel’s finest practitioners.” —Library Journal