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Contes et Récits de
la Louisiane créole, Tome I. Text edited by Ashley Owens.
Louisiana, a land stricken by disaster: since 2005 our state has
suffered overwhelming catastrophe and loss. Many wonder if the land
of Cajun and Creole culture will ever recover; we all know it will
not be soon. The human, cultural and ecological loss caused by hurricanes
Katrina and Rita weigh heavily upon those among
us who love Louisiana and give us reason to remember those generations
of Louisianians who came before us and loved... and lost their own
Louisiana. The short fiction in this anthology tells the stories
of myriad Frenchmen who sought a home on the American frontier,
of native peoples who faced unyielding invaders, of the old Creole
woman honoring her ancestors on All-Saints Day, of Petite Rose,
doomed to an arranged marriage—these pages offer an endless
parade of lost loves swallowed up by fearless Time. It remains to
be seen to what extent Louisiana is condemned to tragedy, like C.
C. Théard’s crushed protagonist who, her face in her
hands, gazes into the past.