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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (June 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598006754
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598006759
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,935,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author, Alexander Devereux

Alexander Devereux overcame epilepsy at birth, dyslexia, and poverty to graduate from college and become a highly successful professional. An ordained minister, he works in the administrative field of higher education. Devereux is at work on his second book, a follow-up to Gar Fish and Long Gravy. He lives in Atlanta.

Growing up poor in the small town of Vicksburg, Miss., Alexander Devereux didn't have much. But there was no lack of remarkable personalities, each of whom left an indelible imprint on his life. Gar Fish & Long Gravy collects the stories, insight, tragedies, and uproarious wit of an unforgettable cast of characters. Meet Granmama Lia', whose hard-won wisdom on life, love--and mistresses--is dispensed to in her kitchen to her beloved grandson, sometimes over Johnny Walker Black. There's Ms. Peaches, who raises chickens in her ramshackle hut yet might be one of the richest people in town. Big Daddy is an imposing hulk, but his massive frame hides a vulnerable past and humiliating secret. Ms. Annie Laurie is a fabulously wealthy white woman who never had children of her own. But her love rains down on young Alexander. And that's just for starters.

Based on real-life experiences, Gar Fish & Long Gravy is about the mistakes we make, the loves we share, and the stories we tell each other that make us who we are. And it is the touching story of a boy who ultimately breaks free of the poverty and abuse of his extended family, yet never forgets the important lessons he learned along the way. As Grandmama said, "If sense were common, everybody would have it."

Gar Fish & Long Gravy
Memoirs of Southern Sensibility
by Alexander Devereux

Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream
ISBN: 978-1-59800-675-9
Cover Price: $12.95
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Pages: 96
Category: BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / New Thought
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Publication Date: Jun 30, 2010

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Odom on August 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
Upon hearing the title of the book, my first reaction was; what? After reading it my reaction was, this was great. I wasn't sure what Gar Fish and Long Gravy was, and after finding out what Gar Fish is, I don't think I'll be eating or fishing for them (smile). However, I will be recommending this book as a good read for inspiration and a trip to a more laid back, serene, sensible, realistic look at life in the real South, with real black family experiences. The characters were all relatable and provided a good look into the life of proud black folks in the south during a generation when self pride and self respect were worth their weight in gold. The strong black woman has always been the thread that wove itself through the fabric of the black community. The strong black man was always the provider and protector of his family, whether he was faithful or not. God has played a pivotal role in African culture since the beginning of time, (check Genesis) and by extension in the African American community. Alexander did a great job in bring all of these truths together and guiding the reader in a cohesive, readable fashion which keep the reader interested. Grandmamma Lia is that quintessential black female from the not so distant past that the present culture needs and longs far. Knowing the author places a different level of connection and understanding to the stories in his book, reading his writing gives the reader a minuscule glimpse as to who he is. Alexander writes from the heart!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pamela on October 7, 2010
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I was immediately captivated by the title of this book. After reading the description and the bio of the author I felt compelled to purchase this book and share Mr. Devereux's view of "Southern Morality and wisdom". I bought the book on a whim and now feel it was more like a pre-ordained step toward spiritual growth and personal understanding. Alexander Devereux's open confession of raw emotion, love toward those people in his childhood that dried his tears, advised him with vintage truths that are basic to the human soul; touched me deeply and changed me for the better. No matter where you are from, or which road you are taking in your walk of life, "Gar Fish and Long Gravy: Memoirs of Southern Sensibility" will speak a truth you will identify with. It is in our hearts, minds and souls that "all men are created equal"...But it is the open minds and the open mouths of the south that the sensibilities are still alive and well. This book is a must read for everyone. As a reader with a BA in Anthropology I was forever touched. Thank you Mr. Devereux......
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ami Blackwelder on November 6, 2010
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The author, Alexander Devereux, overcame epilepsy at birth, dyslexia, and poverty to graduate from college and became a successful professional. His story is truly remarkable, and also interesting are the eclectic mix of characters in this book.

Based on real life experiences, these stories are funny, tragic, moving, and unforgettable.

Kudos to the author for writing such genuine literature!

Reviewed by ami Blackwelder, Author of The shifters of 2040
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What an easy and exciting read that flowed through my fingers! Alexander gets you right into the story from the start, and believe me, you won't want to put it down. I was actually upset when it ended, thinking, "give me more!" ;-) Through the many characters within his life as he grew up in Mississippi, he learns a lot of truths on life's journey. Some of those insights 1. Faith - how important it is to believe that what you desire is possible and on the way to you without any doubt. 2. Belief - how what you believe creates your experience
3. Abundance - there is an unlimited abundance within life and it takes the perception of this to fully have it manifested in one's life

These are just a few but it also brings up the "old" belief that it wasn't ok to get a divorce where people stayed with someone, even though they were abused and unhappy, because of this. I was rooting and cheering for the union of the ones that truly did love and complement each other, though what they followed prevented them from being with one another.

This book is a beautiful tapestry, weaving together all the parts of our divine essence that make us the same while honoring and bringing to light how essential the unique differences are. As we recognize and respect each other for who we are, we add more colors to the rainbow, the whole.

Such a comforting and inspiring journey, riding along the words of these pages.

~Gabriella Hartwell, Relationship Life Coach and Author of You Find Your Soul Mate When You Let Go of Searching
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