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Fifteen-year-old Meely LaBauve is growing up on Catahoula Bayou and living by his wits. His father is an alligator hunter, still unable to cope with the death of his wife eight years earlier. He finds comfort in bottles of hooch and with companionable women and disappears for days at a time. School, for Meely, is a long, dusty walk away in a place where truancy isn't a top priority. "Up at Catahoula School, we've got all the grades. I'm in ninth when I'm in anything," says Meely. But the law has it out for Meely's dad; and Junior Guidry, nephew of a rogue cop and a bully himself, considers badgering Meely his favorite sport. When the LaBauves find themselves in the law's sights, it takes baseball bats, fire ants, flying alligators, an unidentified body, and a lot of fast thinking to set things right.

Not since Huck Finn rafted down the Mississippi has there been a coming-of-age story like this, told in such an utterly authentic, unlettered American voice. From a charming encounter with first love in the Canciennes' corn patch to an adventurous paddle through wild and timeless places little explored, Ken Wells has cooked up a zesty gumbo of a book--rich, poignant, and often hilarious.

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From award-winning "Wall Street Journal" writer Ken Wells comes this surprising, picaresque gem of a novel about being on the wrong side of the law in the bayous and backwaters of Louisiana.

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Now in paperback comes the zesty Cajun coming-of-age novel that introduces 'one of the most compelling voices in fiction of the last decade' (Los Angeles Times). An American Library Association/YALSA best book of the year.

About the Author

Ken Wells grew up on the banks of Bayou Black, deep in South Louisiana's Cajun belt. He got his first newspaper job as a nineteen-year-old college dropout, covering car wrecks and gator sightings for The Courier, a Houma, Louisiana, weekly, while still helping out in his family's snake-collecting enterprise. He is now a senior writer and features editor for The Wall Street Journal's Page One staff. He lives with his family on the outskirts of Manhattan. Meely LaBauve is his first novel.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781588361011
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Author:
Wells
Author:
Wells, Ken
Author:
Ken Wells
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fathers and sons
Subject:
Teenage boys
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction-General
Subject:
Fiction : General
Subject:
Alligator hunting
Subject:
Louisiana
Subject:
Cajuns
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20010814
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
272

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Product details 272 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9781588361011 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , From award-winning "Wall Street Journal" writer Ken Wells comes this surprising, picaresque gem of a novel about being on the wrong side of the law in the bayous and backwaters of Louisiana.
"Synopsis" by , Now in paperback comes the zesty Cajun coming-of-age novel that introduces 'one of the most compelling voices in fiction of the last decade' (Los Angeles Times). An American Library Association/YALSA best book of the year.
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