Mamma's Moon

Mamma's Moon : The Hoodoo of Peckerwood Finch

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"Jerome Mark Antil's Mamma's Moon does for Acadiana what Truman Capote did for Tiffany's or Tennessee Williams did for streetcars. This is a novel about a lot of things, including sex, crime, life, and death. But most of all, it's a novel about hope and about love.

Mamma's Moon gives the reader a dramatic and insightful glimpse into the very special world of today's Louisiana French Acadians, whose early tragic history was immortalized by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in his classic poem, Evangeline, even before the heartless bayou's more contemporary history was buried deep and forgotten." Tom Hyman (LA Times bestselling author: writer for LIFE magazine, The Saturday Evening Post, Argosy, Washington Post Book World and New York Magazine.)

This novel, Mamma's Moon, is a sequel to the novel, One More Last Dance. It stands alone as an entirely self-contained story, but for those of you who may not have read the earlier novel, I include here a brief description of the main characters and of the events that preceded this story.

A bond that can only happen on a dance floor happened in a cafe off Frenchman Street among four unlikely characters: a man who was about to die; his friend, an illiterate Cajun French yardman; and two of the most successful women in New Orleans.

Aging Captain Gabriel Jordan, retired, was given two months to live, three months before he met "Peck"--Boudreau Clemont Finch--a groundskeeper on the back lawn of his hospice on Bayou Carencro, Louisiana. It was at the hospice that Gabe told Peck his dream of seeing the Newport Jazz Festival before he died. They became friends, and Peck offered to help grant his wish by taking him there.

And they began their journey.

It quickly became a journey with complications and setbacks. They saved each other many times, but they were in turn saved by two extraordinary women: Sasha (Michelle Lissette), a real estate agent in New Orleans's posh Garden District, and her best friend, Lily Cup (Lily Cup Lorelei Tarleton), a criminal attorney.

Less than a year before the events in Mamma's Moon, Gabe and Peck wandered into Charlie's Blue Note, a small jazz bar in a side alley just off Frenchman Street, where the music was live and mellow and the dancing warm and sensual.

Here they encountered Sasha and Lily Cup, and amid the music, the dancing, the food, the flirting, and the cigar smoke, the four formed an unusual and lasting friendship that would see them each through a series of crises, disappointments, life-threatening situations, and moments of great joy and satisfaction.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 270 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 15mm | 399g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1732632103
  • 9781732632103

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"...You will not put this book down until the very last page has been adoringly consumed. This is a sweeping story about the power of generosity you won't soon forget." Huffington Post

"It's heartwarming, funny, poignant, and has some of the most memorable characters I have ever met on a page. (And that's saying a lot.)" Tom Hyman, Author (Jupiter's Daughter - Seven days to Petrograd.)

"An adventure-driven novel chronicles an eventful road trip taken by a dying man and the Cajun French version of Forrest Gump. A delightfully quirky tale both unpredictable and affecting." KIRKUS Review
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About Jerome Mark Antil

He was born the seventh child of a seventh son of a seventh son.

Jerome Mark Antil - A noted marketing innovator, Antil originally told his story, The Long Stem is in the Lobby, of his early life as a writer with the pathos and humor that earned a book of the Year Finalist nod. Antil has been called a 'greatest generation's', Mark Twain - his namesake; a 'write what you know' Hemingway lookalike; and a sensitive and observant, Longfellow. Best known for his award-winning historical fiction novels, The Pompey Hollow Book Club series about he and his friends growing up in the shadows of WWII. Antil appears in different genres but always celebrating his storytelling picked up from an incredible Arcadian father and important values he learned from strong women (his mother and two sisters) who influenced his youth. It has been said of Antil's reality in writing, that he writes like Norman Rockwell paints.

Bestselling HANDBOOK FOR WEEKEND DADS; the historical novel series about growing up in the shadows of WWII - The Pompey Hollow Book Club, The book of Charlie, Mary Crane, and Hemingway, Three Angels, and Me. Antil wrote memoirs - The Long Stem is in the Lobby and Return to Tiffany's, In a new genres, the mystery adventure - One More Last Dance.
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