Wednesday, June 24, 2009
What the Bayou Saw by Patti Lacy
Rising author Patti Lacy's second novel exposes the life of Sally Stevens, the chatty Southerner who unearths Mary’s past in An Irishwoman’s Tale. Sally has her own burial ground for secrets set amid the shadows of prejudice in Louisiana. Since leaving her home in the South, Sally Stevens has held the secrets of her past at bay, smothering them in a sunny disposition and sugar-coated lies. No one, not even her husband, has heard the truth about her childhood. But when one of her students is violently raped, Sally's memories quickly bubble to the surface unbidden, like a dead body in a bayou. As Sally's story comes to light, the lies she's told begin to catch up with her. And as her web of deceit unravels, she resolves to face the truth at last, whatever the consequences.
Angie's Take: I love the genuine feel to the story. Patti doesn't write the standard formula for "feel good." Instead, we find characters that connect deeply with us because they live in the real world. Sally isn't the barbie doll heroine. She's a woman trying to live the best life she can and find her own sense of self-worth in the process. I enjoy watching Sally process through the "right thing to do" and finally achieve that balance we all search for between truth and being able to live with our pasts. Bravo, Patti Lacy!
Patti Lacy graduated from Baylor University with a B.S. in education. She taught at Heartland Community College in Normal, Illinois, until 2006, when she began to pursue writing full-time. She has two grown children and lives in Illinois with her husband, Alan, and a dog named Laura.
Visit Patti's website at www.pattilacy.com