The Unnatural History of Cypress Parish

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Set in southern Louisiana in the weeks preceding the great flood of 1927, this novel depicts a place and way of life about to be forever changed. On the verge of manhood and a stone’s throw of the rising Mississippi River, Louis Proby is pulled between his love of the natural world and the glittering temptations of New Orleans, between the beautiful Nanette Lançon and a father who no longer seems larger-than-life, between the simplicity of childhood and the complicated decisions of adulthood.

Louis comes of age at a time when the country is coming of age. In Louisiana, it’s a time when the powerful prove themselves willing to sacrifice the poor to protect their position. As the people of Cypress Parish go about their daily lives, bankers in New Orleans are plotting to alter those lives irrevocably. Like so many calamities, the one that befalls Cypress Parish has both natural and human causes.

Based on historical events and narrated on the eve of another disaster, The Unnatural History of Cypress Parish tells the story of a young man growing up in a time and place not quite like any other.

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Set in southern Louisiana in the weeks preceding the great flood of 1927, this novel depicts a place and way of life about to be forever changed by a disaster that is at once natural and manmade. On the verge of manhood and within earshot of the rising Mississippi River, Louis Proby is pulled between his love of the natural world and the glittering temptations of New Orleans, between the beautiful Nanette Lancon and a father who no longer seems larger-than-life, between his friendship with the painter Gaspar Anderson and his desire to escape small-town life, between the simplicity of childhood and the complicated decisions of adulthood. Louis comes of age at a time when the country is coming of age - when rural areas are changing, for better and worse, under the influence of a national culture. And in Louisiana, this is a time when the powerful prove themselves willing to sacrifice the poor to protect their position. Based on historical events and narrated on the eve of another disaster, The Unnatural History of Cypress Parish reveals the complexity of our own relationship to the past.

About the Author:

Elise Blackwell is the author of a prior novel, Hunger. Originally from southern

Louisiana, she holds an MFA from the University of California-Irvine and is currently

on the English faculty at The University of South Carolina.

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