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Published: Blair - October 2015
ABOUT PAULETTE BOUDREAUX:
Paulette Boudreaux is a Mississippi native who now lives in Los Gatos, California. She is a member of the English faculty of West Valley College and has published short stories and novel excerpts in national and international literary journals including Room of One’s Own, Acorn Whistle, Equinox: Writing for a New Culture, In the Margins, and Voices. She received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northeastern University and a master’s in fine arts degree from Mills College.
"A captivating tale of loss and redemption that describes the power of a love as complex as the place and times in which Maddy lives."
A young girl growing up in small-town segregated Mississippi in the 1960s, Maddy Culpepper's life is calm and ordinary. In spite of being raised in a working poor family, she has lived an insular life in a family held together by the strength and wits of her mother. But life begins to crumble when her mother abandons the home to tend to her youngest child, an infant who is hospitalized. Maddy and her three young brothers are left in the care of their father, a combat veteran possessed by a tragic family secret. As he slides into an alcohol-soaked world of guilt and shame, Maddy must take on responsibilities no child should face, and she becomes a force to contend with in her own right.
Paulette Boudreaux's Mulberry was the winner of the inaugural Lee Smith Novel Prize from Carolina Wren Press in 2014.