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Alligator Lake by [Lynne Bryant]

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Length: 415 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 18 and up Grade Level: 12 and up

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"A lyrical, gorgeous novel about fractured family, racial tensions, and the way the past flows right up through the present. Bryant's eloquent tale may be Southern at heart, but it's universal in its powerful message."
--Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You

"Poignant and redemptive, Alligator Lake immerses us in the murky waters of a shifting southern current, where the push and pull of racial boundaries redefine love, loyalty, and heart wrenching pride."
--Eileen Clymer Schwab, author of Promise Bridge and Shadow of a Quarter Moon

"Alligator Lake is a gutsy examination of southern race relations. Bryant is provocative and unflinching as she reveals her characters' private hopes and fears. Her abiding love for Mississippi shines through as she wrestles with its troubled history." --Natalie Baszile, author of Queen Sugar

"A powerful and compassionate portrait of love, secrets, prejudice, and redemption in the intertwined histories of four generations of southern women. ...steeped in the atmosphere, charm and complex racial relationships of an evolving South. A compelling and memorable read." --Lynn Sheene, author of The Last Time I Saw Paris --This text refers to the paperback edition.

From the Author

Dear Reader,

As I look forward to the release of my second novel, Alligator Lake, I'm struck by the kinds of conversations that a story can initiate. My first novel, Catfish Alley, followed on the heels of The Help, and generated a flurry of questions. What was it like to grow up in the South? What inspired the story? Have relationships between blacks and whites in Mississippi changed?

In a dozen book club visits in the past year, my readers have reassured me that, although it's challenging, novels like The Help and Catfish Alley are helping us break down barriers and gain new insights, no matter where we live or what our skin color. As a white woman, I offer only part of the story from my own knowledge of growing up in Mississippi. It was only when I left the state and broadened my horizons that I developed a different perspective on what I had experienced. Wrestling with my questions has settled into my novels like dew on kudzu.

I love to weave the struggles of the past into the lives of contemporary characters--black and white--and to grapple with how issues of race carry right into the present day. I'm particularly interested in families struggling to love each other and find their way when old ideas don't fit anymore.

Alligator Lake tells the story of three generations of women, each confronted with the kind of family drama that only mother-daughter relationships can convey. The fourth generation, a little girl named Celi, embodies all of their hopes for a different future.

So cook up some catfish and hushpuppies, or make a batch of milk punch and cheese straws (let me know if you need recipes), and gather around to talk about Alligator Lake. Making family and learning to love each other in spite of differences is a universal theme, but never more realized than in the complex relationships of the Deep South.

Happy Reading!

Lynne Bryant --This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product details

  • File size : 1044 KB
  • Publication date : April 3, 2012
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 415 pages
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Publisher : Berkley; 1st edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Page numbers source ISBN : B00AK2UMMO
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B0072NWJ4I
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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