Bogalusa and Beyond: Slices of Life by Lorraine Packard
Essays and Short Stories
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Bogalusa and Beyond: Slices of Life is a two part collection of memoir and fiction. The memoir includes vignettes and short stories that reflect the writer's childhood experiences in a small paper mill town. Some stories serve as reminders of the the hardships of poverty and lack while other stories warm readers hearts and transport them back to their own childhoods.
The second part of the book is a collection of fictional tales of life, living, and love. Readers are entertained by little kids who steal plums; a man who discovers new life in his back yard; and a young man who falls in love with an old woman.
Lorraine Packard is the pen name of Gilda Thompson. Gilda is a native of Bogalusa, Louisiana and a graduate of the University of Connecticut. She lives in Durham. This is her debut book.