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In South Central Los Angeles in 1978, Grace Broussard, the youngest member of a Creole family transplanted from Louisiana, seeks to distance herself from her family through a ten point plan designed to shock them, but the ghost of her father interferes wi
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I watching for for Nancy's readings from Miz Sparks is On Fire and Ain't no Drill in Seattle (to be published in December). http://nancyrawles.com/Contact.html
Missed Halloween because of Sandy? You can still visit the family cemetery & ghosts with Grace Broussard.
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These reviews of this award-winning first novel are on-the-mark:
Rawles's paean to Creole family life vividly chronicles the Broussards, who, despite their exodus from Louisiana to South Central Los Angeles, maintain all the traditions of home. . . .Finally, Grace realizes that, like the okra in the gumbo, she is less on her own than as part of the Broussard family stew. This novel celebrates family life at the same time it reminds readers that separation doesn't necessarily mean rejection. Library Journal Andrea Caron Kempf, Johnson Cty. Community Coll. Lib., Overland Park, Kan.
…Grace Broussard is 20, and she's desperate to cut ties with her hair-obsessed, lala-dancing, gumbo-eating Creole clan, transplanted from Louisiana. She's devised an extravagant ""Ten Point Plan"" to ostracize herself from kith and kin. It includes skipping Mass, moving in with her Mexican lesbian lover and, most important, refusing to eat her mother's gumbo, an act that is unthinkable to any Broussard. But the cantankerous ghost of her late father, T-Papa, isn't about to let his youngest daughter stray from the flock so easily. (Nov.)
Publishers Weekly 11/03/1997 http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-940242-75-3