deep in the shade of paradise Author:john dufresne Welcome to Shiver-de-Freeze, a boot-shaped precint deep in the Louisiana swamp, famous for its healing water and curious fauna. Grisham Loudermilk is marrying Ariane Thevenot at Paradise, the family's ancestral home, and we're here for the wedding. But reason and love, it would seem, keep little company in Paradise these days: Grisham's cousin... more » Adlai Birdsong has fallen desparately in love with the bride to be. Adlai's ill advised courtship proceeds even as his daddy, Royce, struggles to recall his past in the face of Alzheimer's;as Father Pat McDermott realized his passion for the mother of the bride; as conjoined twins, Tous-les-Deux, train their eyes on Boudou Fontana, the last of the star-crossed Fontana clan. And just when it seems that Adlai must resign himself to a prolonged season of bachelorhood, Miranda Ferry, Grisham's recent lover, wanders into town unawares.
With his signature tragic-comic voice and a cast of unforgettable and lively characters, Dufresne explores love, death, imagination, and memory.« less