Title: Bayou L’Abeille
Author: A.D. Sams
Format: Paperback, eBook
Publisher: Fey Publishing Ltd
Genre: Short Story Collection
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About the Book:
If you’re looking for an escape from it all, come on down to Bayou L’Abeille for a visit. Take a stroll through the L’Abeille-Toombs Historical Cemetery or our prize gardens kept by Miss Nonie. Hear the colorful stories from our favorite musicians at Popeye Sims’ Music Shop and you might even run into local legend Lenny Waxman. Have breakfast at The Butter Biscuit then enjoy some junktique shopping and coffee at the Joe-N-Junk. Grab a po’ boy for lunch at the L’Abeille Diner, but make sure to save some room for BBQ and blues over at Cottonmouth’s Review. If you mention Honey Slade, Cottonmouth will fix you up with a free plate of beignets. Don’t be put off by the Alligator Advisory, in effect until the end of the season for the south side bayou near Roux Roux St. A white alligator has been spotted in the water, proving that even our ‘gators are special. The people of Bayou L’Abeille walk a fine rhythm between lovely and heartbreaking, hilarious and sad, bitter and so very, very sweet. Why not join them and experience a slice of life on the bayou?
This collection of short stories by A.D. Sams feels like a series of evenings spent on neighbor’s porches, sipping sweet tea and listening to the stories. A clever mix of past and present, uplifting and tear-inducing stories and one wandering dog that is owned by all and none simultaneously, the stories show the connections and separations of this little town.
The underlying message that time is irrelevant when people are connected and connecting comes through very clearly in the lack of specific features to date the stories, and once you realize you are on a ride of discovery, even that quirk begins to feel natural and right.
Each character is developed with enough detail to make them real: good and bad points, unique patois and even distinct sense of what is important to share: at times it felt as if the author was simply the hand to copy the story, so distinct and unique are the voices in each story and a skill not held by many.
While there is a beginning, middle and end to the collection, I still didn’t find a solid “conclusion” that left me with a sense of knowing the town as well as I could have. There were a few loose ends that while brought to a close, didn’t feel wholly complete. There were some family and story ties that weren’t easily discovered, and a second reading to put each person in context and see how they affected the end was both beneficial and enjoyable. That is not a major complaint, nor a bad thing: for I would like to see more from Sams in this vein, and about the town.
This is one of those collections that you may start out reading a story or two, and look up at the end. A perfect romp through the bayou, without snakes, bugs and mud.
I received an eBook from the publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.