Deep in the Shade of Paradise

ISBN-10: 0393331148
ISBN-13: 9780393331141
Edition: 2008
Authors: John Dufresne
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Description: A novel about memory, family, and Southern cooking set in Shiver-de-Freeze, where friends and family have gathered for a wedding. But groom Grisham Loudermilk, in one last fling of bachelorhood, puts it all in jeopardy chasing the free-spirited  More...

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Book details

List price: $13.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/17/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 364
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.682

A novel about memory, family, and Southern cooking set in Shiver-de-Freeze, where friends and family have gathered for a wedding. But groom Grisham Loudermilk, in one last fling of bachelorhood, puts it all in jeopardy chasing the free-spirited Miranda. 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.

His novels Louisiana Power & Light & Love Warps the Mind a Little were New York Time Notable books of the Year. He lives in Dania, Florida.

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