Nancy Lemann is also the author of Sportsman's Paradise, a novel, and The Ritz of the Bayou, an account of the trials of Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards. She lives in San Diego.
Lives of the Saints: A Novelby Nancy Lemann
Returning home after four years of college in New England ('Among the Yankees I have known, ' she says, 'I only met one who had the grace to apologize to me about the War'), Louise bemusedly finds herself reimmersed in New Orleans society's 'wastrel-youth contingent.' At the center of this gin-fueled hurricane is Claude, rumpled, accident prone, supremely sweet--and desperate. For Claude, Louise is his steadying focus; for Louise, Claude is the only man who can break her heart 'into a million pieces on the floor.'
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If your name is louise, then you share a burden with me. My first name is horrendous, not literally of course, and my parents gave me louise as a backup middle name. yeah, right. I am also from new orleans. This book is the only book i have ever read that makes me like my middle name. Truly heartbreaking in a million ways, it allows the pain of living to be fully expressed. Lemann writes as someone who has swum through the humid night to drinks that were merely inevitable.