Children of Strangers

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9780882893976: Children of Strangers

The moving story of love in a Cane River community bound by race and class. Famie is a mulatto girl whose ancestors-free blacks-rivaled the white planters in wealth and culture. But on a Louisiana plantation in the 1920s, she is an outcast. An illicit love affair with a white landowner leaves her with a son. She dreams her son will be accepted into white society, but in her struggle to transcend race and class Famie must sacrifice the last links to her past.

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Lyle Saxon's only novel vividly captures the lives of the people who inhabit the Louisiana Cane River plantation community, which served as a crucible for race relations in the early twentieth century. The story revolves around Famie, a Creole girl whose ancestors-free people of color-rivaled the white planters in wealth and culture.

With the end of slavery, Famie is an outcast, scorned by the whites because of her mixed heritage and unwilling to associate with the sharecroppers who are descendants of slaves. An illicit love affair with a white outlaw leaves Famie with a son, Joel. Her dream is for Joel to someday prosper in white society. Famie's struggle to survive within a rigid caste system defined by race and class clearly distinguishes this neglected masterpiece of American fiction.

Lyle Saxon (1891-1946) ranks among Louisiana's most outstanding writers. He is also the author of Lafitte the Pirate, Fabulous New Orleans, Old Louisiana, Father Mississippi: The Story of the Great Flood of 1927, and The Friends of Joe Gilmore and coauthor of Gumbo Ya-Ya: Folk Tales of Louisiana. All are published by Pelican.

A foreword by Chance Harvey has been included in this new edition. While a student at Tulane University, Harvey came across a collection of letters addressed to Saxon that became the focus of her dissertation on him, for which she won the John T. Monroe Fellowship for Dissertation Research. She has published her research as The Life and Selected Letters of Lyle Saxon with Pelican.

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Lyle Saxon (1891-1946) ranks among Louisiana's most outstanding writers. During the 1920s and 1930s he was the central figure in the regionís literary community, and was widely known as a raconteur and bon vivant. In addition to Father Mississippi, Lafitte the Pirate, and Children of Strangers, he also wrote Fabulous New Orleans, Old Louisiana, The Friends of Joe Gilmore, and was a co-author of Gumbo Ya-Ya, with Edward Dreyer and Robert Tallant. During the Depression, he directed the state WPA Writers Project, which produced the WPA Guide to Louisiana and the WPA Guide to New Orleans.

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