When Tim Ganen ends up in the blades of a New Orleans paddle boat, a grieving Ladonis finds opportunity. Tim was her mentor, a white man willing to advise and guide a young, ambitious, well-educated black woman who grew up in the Magnolia Housing Project. Now his death-the manner of his death and his secrets-opens a door to promotion and success.
But Ladonis is in over her head from the start. Floating Palace Steamboat Company CEO Bret Collins and Marketing Vice President Lamar Kasdan force Ladonis into their personal worlds of rivalry and deceit. Her initial forays place her in increasing jeopardy. Only her brother HeartTrouble seems able to rescue and deliver her from the villains and the dangers they threaten.
HeartTrouble comes to her aid with intelligence, street experience, even attitude. In any other circumstances, Ladonis would have rejected her younger brother's street smarts. Will he renew Ladonis' understanding in the values she has scorned and abandoned, and, in turn, discover value in her ambitions? Not before sister and brother face death together.
In Outside Child, Alice Wilson-Fried has written a debut mystery novel that reveals more than circumstances of murder and its resolution. Alice's childhood in the Magnolia Project and her life thereafter in New Orleans proper has enabled this talented storyteller to open up the world of native-born New Orleans blacks, their communities and their abilities to succeed in their city. Alice takes readers on a tour ofa place and society that has raised questions and enlivened curiosity since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
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About the Author
While Outside Child is Alice's first published novel, she is also the author of a nonfiction book entitled Menopause, Sisterhood, and Tennis. Alice is currently working on a sequel to Outside Child, focusing that novel on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
What People are Saying About This
"Outside Child is a fast, gripping read - an inside look at a foreign country hidden deep inside the glitter of New Orleans. The only rule is SURVIVE. The only law is TRUST NOBODY.
This book epitomizes the reason I co-founded the San Francisco Writers Conference. The author has a captivating story to share and a mesmerizing voice - and should be read. Now."--(Wendy Nelder, Co-founder, San Francisco Writers Conference)
"Outside Child is a creole stew of crime, politics, and Southern manners that gives a true flavor of New Orleans before all that water washed away some of the spice. Wilson-Fried creates a female protagonist who's authentic and real. The sibling relationship that's central to the story evokes Walter Mosely's Easy Rawlins and the colorful relationships that make that world so exciting."--(Kevin Arkadie, Writer/Producer, "The Shield")
"In Alice Wilson-Fried's debut mystery, Outside Child, pre-Katrina New Orleans comes alive again with patois and poignancy. Fast paced, down home and real, Outside Child rivets you to the page, keeps you turning pages, and brings back a vanished New Orleans."--(Cara Black, Author of the Aimee LeDuc Series)
"The tenor and allure of Alice Wilson-Fried's Outside Child is steeped in the mysteries of New Orleans, and some of its secrets are revealed in this, her debut novel."--(Gary Phillips, Author of Bangers)