Cajun Waltz

Cajun Waltz

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"The lyrics of a Cajun waltz may be dark as midnight with heartache and trouble, but still the music swings. The same goes for what happens after a shifty musician and a lonely shopgirl let destiny sweep them into an ill-suited marriage in swampy southwest Louisiana on the eve of the Depression. Love doesn't much figure between Richie Bainard and Esther Block. They build a business together while dreaming opposite dreams of fulfillment. But like a gumbo simmering with peppers and spice, desires finally come to a boil. Three generations of the volatile clan grapple with the region's economic struggles and racial tensions. The Bainard children, twins Bonnie and R.J. and their half-brother Seth, pursue separate cravings for money, sex, and religion. The chase in each case runs off the rails thanks to an ex-marine with a soft heart and a brutish devotion; a dazzling young stepmother of mixed race and mixed motives; and a high school tart who proves tougher and truer than all of them. Ultimately it takes the mass devastation of Hurricane Audrey in 1957 to cleanse the reckless passions."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250088994
1250088992
Characteristics: 260 pages : illustration ; 22 cm

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Jul 29, 2016

"Cajun Waltz" is a fantastic story--gritty, hilarious, shocking & always surprising. Feels like the author--a marvelous writer--pulled out all the stops. As a heavy reader, I consider this one special, maybe not one I'll remember twenty years from now, but one I've had a terrific time reading, & so glad I did!

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