Entering the Bayou

A southern writer gives a magical and intriguing look at Louisiana life.

Alabama-writer Valerie Fraser Luesse is known for her feature stories and essays in Southern Living. Specializing in stories about unique pockets of Southern culture, Luesse’s Under the Bayou Moon brings the bayou’s beauties and mysteries to light and shows that community and love matter.

Here’s what her publisher says:

When Ellie Fields accepts a teaching job in a tiny Louisiana town deep in bayou country in 1949, she knows her life will change–but she could never imagine just how dramatically.

Though rightfully suspicious of outsiders, who have threatened both their language and their unique culture, most of the residents come to appreciate the young and idealistic schoolteacher, and she’s soon teaching just about everyone, despite opposition from both the school board and a politician with ulterior motives. Yet it’s the lessons Ellie herself will learn–from new friends, a captivating Cajun fisherman, and even a legendary white alligator haunting the bayou–that will make all the difference.

Take a step away from the familiar and enter the shadowy waters of bayou country for a story of risk, resilience, and romance.


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