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Louisiana Power and Light

A favorite novel by “a generous and lyric storyteller” (San Francisco Chronicle) known for his tragicomic voice and unforgettable characters.

Billy Wayne is the sole survivor of his oddball line of marginal folk. When he acquires a priestly vocation it seems likely he will be the last Fontana, until hearing a young woman’s confession propels him into an impulsive marriage.


Jill McCorkle, New York Times Book Review:

“A wonderful first novel...[John Dufresne] offers a plot line as complex as the network of backwoods roads these people and their ancestors have committed to memory. The miraculous beauty of his tale-telling is that dead ends simply do not exist. Time and again, he meanders way off the beaten track, only to reappear in a way that surprises and delights. Through the novel, there is a prevailing sense of the author's vast, intimate knowledge of his characters. We feel utterly at ease in his hands.”


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