On the tiny Isle aux Chiens in the central coastal curve east of the tripartite mouth of the Mississippi, live the witty, resourceful and often inscrutable descendants of Louisiana's French-Spanish pioneers. They watch, they quarrel and they love, always beneath a hard, blue sky.
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(216mm x 140mm x 24mm)
Louisiana State University Press
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
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US Kirkus Review »
New Orleans-based Grau, who won a Pulitzer for "The Keepers of the House "(1965), first published this tale of wild life on the bayou in 1958, and "Kirkus "found the same "special qualities" it had discerned in her first book, "The Black Prince "(1955). Grau's primitive island dwellers, "alien and apart and tempered by the whims of the sea and the sky," feud, disappear, betray, and seduce one another, and die and go mad like the rest of us. But "Kirkus "demurred at the book's length, suggesting that Grau's talent was "more comfortable within the narrower margins of the short story." Here, the "more ambitious" novel suffers from "an absence of plot," and the subtle perceptions are "dissipated" over time. Admiring the "somnolent fascination" of Grau's island world, "Kirkus "also marveled at how it shaped "the vitality and violence" of the lives in the novel, at once "very realistic," but with "an unquestionable lyricism." (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Shirley Ann Grau
Shirley Ann Grau is the author of three story collections and six novels, including The Keepers of the House, winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Roadwalkers; and The House on Coliseum Street. She lives in New Orleans and on Martha's Vineyard.