Brothers Forever: An Orphan Story

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iUniverse, Jul 10, 2007 - Fiction - 348 pages
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Winner of the Creative Arts Council's 2008 Book of the Year Award Craig Mayeux's novel is a searing, searching portrait of mirth and misery, crammed with tender innocence, optimistic bonding and crashing sorrow-all weighed down by blind cultural precepts.

Two boys, who share a crib in a New York institution, are suddenly immersed as "orphan train" riders into Louisiana's Cajun/Creole folkways. One is adopted by a childless, doting couple; the other is indentured to hard-luck, hardscrabble farmers.

The former is spoiled beyond gratification; the other abused emotionally and physically with heart-aching, backbreaking servitude.

Throughout the continuing counterpoint of bare bones versus largesse, the boys stay true to their anthem of being Brothers Forever.

The author knows of what he writes. His grandfather, George Leary, was an indentured "orphan train" boy, who traveled from New York to Cottonport, Louisiana in the early twentieth century.

Myron Tassin
Author/co-author of 20 books, including,
Why Me Lord? Recollections of a Cottonpicker
Nous Sommes Acadiens/We Are Acadians

 

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Brothers Forever was inspired by the life of Mayeux’s grandfather, George Leary, a genuine Orphan Train rider who, in 1904 traveled by train from a New York City orphanage to become indentured to cotton farmers in Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana. With Donna, his wife of twenty-eight years, Mayeux enjoys spending time with his two children and three grandchildren. An avid cook, angler, golfer and poker player, Mayeux finds time to volunteer in his community and church. Craig Mayeux is a native Louisianan, but currently lives in Missouri. His roots are still deep in the Louisiana bayou country and he travels back to his home state at every opportunity.

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