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Sonia Life

Clarence Hunter

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ISBN 10: 1458217132 / ISBN 13: 9781458217134
Published by AbbottPress, 2014
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Title: Sonia Life

Publisher: AbbottPress

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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In the 1950s, the city of Alexandria, Louisiana, is home to a black neighborhood known as Sonia Quarters. The Sonia, as its residents call it, is filled with fascinating characters-among them five teenage boys, for whom the summer of 1957 is especially memorable. Curly, Joe, Willie T. Ray, and Harry work and hang out together, doing odd jobs for neighbors and getting into trouble. On the day of the storm-Hurricane Audrey-the five boy spend the day going around town "on safari" They meet up early in the morning and make all the stops, going to a forbidden swimming hole (where they encounter a crazy watchman), crossing a drainage pipe high above a canal, visiting the hobo jungle, and working at the zoo. The boys enjoy the day together-only to realize at the end that one of them will be leaving for good. And then, as the evening comes, so does the storm that will change the landscape of their hometown. In this novel based on a true story, one man recalls his old neighborhood in central Louisiana and the people who lived there, going back to the places and events of one pivotal day as seen through the eyes of a fourteen-year-old boy.

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Clarence Hunter was born in Alexandria, Louisiana and educated in New Orleans. He retired from the US Navy and from federal civil service. He was working in New Orleans as a professional tour guide and movie extra when he was uprooted by Hurricane Katrina. He has since returned to Alexandria, which recalled the memories that inspired this novel.

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