Deep in the Shade of Paradise: A Novel (Paperback)

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"A comic opera…tuneful, playful." —New York Times Book Review

In Shiver-de-Freeze, Louisiana (population 375), friends and family have gathered for the impending nuptials of Grisham Loudermilk and Ariane Thevenot. This will be no ordinary wedding—not when Boudou Fontana, the last of the star-crossed Fontana clan, the conjoined twins Tous-les-Doux, and a host of others are involved.

From a writer of rare grace and comic genius comes a “warm, sad, and hilarious ride through the carnival of life” (Dallas Morning News). Rich in character and insight into the vagaries and varieties of love and memory, Deep in the Shade of Paradise is John Dufresne at his funny and thoughtful best.

About the Author

John Dufresne is the author of twenty-five works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, including Louisiana Power and Light and Love Warps the Mind a Little. He lives in Florida, where he teaches writing at Florida International University.

Praise For…

His work is closer to the over-the-top philosophical antics of Tom Robbins than anything you’d encounter in an American literature course…bizarre, hilarious, and totally hypnotic.
— Los Angeles Times

An outrageous tale of gothic proportions.
— Chicago Tribune

[An] extravagant work of comic genius.
— New Orleans Times-Picayune

An achievement of the first order by an author of the first rank.
— Houston Chronicle

An outrageous tale of gothic proportions…The spirit of this book is just so bighearted, it’s nearly impossible for the reader not to get swept along.
— Boston Globe

A funny, wise, and tenderhearted novel.
— Charlotte Observer

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393331141
ISBN-10: 0393331148
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: January 17th, 2008
Pages: 376
Language: English