Deep in the Shade of Paradise

Deep in the Shade of Paradise

Book - 2002
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Welcome to Shiver-de-Freeze, a boot-shaped precinct deep in the Louisiana swamp, famous for its healing waters and curious fauna. Grisham Loudermilk is marrying Ariane Thevenot at Paradise, the family's ancestral home, and we're here for the wedding. But reason and love, it would seem, keep little company in Paradise these days: Grisham's cousin Adlai Birdsong has fallen desperately in love with the bride-to-be. Adlai's ill-advised courtship proceeds even as his daddy, Royce, struggles to recall his past in the face of Alzheimer's; as Father Pat McDermott realizes his passion for the mother of the bride; as the conjoined twins, Tous-les-Deux, train their eyes on Boudou Fontana, the last of the star-crossed Fontana clan. And just when it seems that Adlai must resign himself to a prolonged season of bachelorhood, Miranda Ferry, Grisham's recent lover, wanders into town unawares.With his signature tragic-comic voice and cast of unforgettable and lively characters, Dufresne explores love, death, imagination, and memory. Reading group guide available.
Publisher: New York : Norton, c2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393020205
0393020207
Characteristics: 364 p. ; 25 cm

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alexica Sep 14, 2013

This is a sweet, wise story of small town life. Dennis Lehane refers to the "lunatric majesty of his characters," which is a good description. The book is funny, light and an enjoyable read.

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