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Meely La Bauve * S I G N E D * - FIRST EDITION -

Wells, Ken

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ISBN 10: 0375503110 / ISBN 13: 9780375503115
Published by Random House, 2000
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Stated FIRST Edition with publishers full number line present. * SIGNED * by author on title page (signature only). Fine or better volume in same condition UNclipped dust jacket. Rear jacket flap has barely bent tip, does not detract. A circular publishers "autographed copy" label on front jacket panel. LAID-IN is publishers delightful book mark for this title. Mylar protected jacket. (HAS 'First Edition' slug, and as per publisher, number line starts with #2. Correct First Edition. Bookseller Inventory # 001023

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Title: Meely La Bauve * S I G N E D * - FIRST ...

Publisher: Random House

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Fifteen-year-old Meely LaBauve is growing up on Catahoula Bayou and living by his wits. His father is an alligator hunter, still unable to cope with the death of his wife eight years earlier. He finds comfort in bottles of hooch and with companionable women and disappears for days at a time. School, for Meely, is a long, dusty walk away in a place where truancy isn't a top priority. "Up at Catahoula School, we've got all the grades. I'm in ninth when I'm in anything," says Meely. But the law has it out for Meely's dad; and Junior Guidry, nephew of a rogue cop and a bully himself, considers badgering Meely his favorite sport. When the LaBauves find themselves in the law's sights, it takes baseball bats, fire ants, flying alligators, an unidentified body, and a lot of fast thinking to set things right.

Not since Huck Finn rafted down the Mississippi has there been a coming-of-age story like this, told in such an utterly authentic, unlettered American voice. From a charming encounter with first love in the Canciennes' corn patch to an adventurous paddle through wild and timeless places little explored, Ken Wells has cooked up a zesty gumbo of a book--rich, poignant, and often hilarious.

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Praise for Meely La Bauve

"Meely LaBauve does for the Cajun bayou what Cold Mountain did for southern Appalachia, bringing to life a wonderfully peculiar notch of the deep, deep South. Wells gives us back a piece of ourselves as Americans--and takes us on a romp in the swamp as warm and spicy as Momma's best gumbo."
--Tony Horwitz, author of Confederates in the Attic


"I don't know when a voice in fiction has connected so solidly with me. It's as particular as a thumbprint and as unmistakable as someone's laugh. This tough and wonderful child is going to stay with me."
--Anne Rivers Siddons, author of Low Country


"Meely LaBauve is a Cajun Huck Finn, full of fight and honor, who battles his way toward adulthood past gators of all kinds, scaled and otherwise. He is the perfect elixir for a dot.com world."
--Erik Larson, author of Isaac's Storm


"Meely is completely charming. . . . A first-person novel, particularly one of a child in an exotic (to most readers) setting is notoriously hard to pull off, but this one seems real and effortless."
--Frances FitzGerald, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Fire in the Lake



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