Catherine Carmier

Catherine Carmier

A Novel

Book - 1993 | 1st Vintage contemporaries ed.
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By the author of A Lesson Before Dying and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Catherine Carmier is a compelling love story set in a deceptively bucolic Louisiana countryside, where blacks, Cajuns, and whites maintain an uneasy coexistence.

After living in San Francisco for ten years, Jackson returns home to his benefactor, Aunt Charlotte. Surrounded by family and old friends, he discovers that his bonds to them have been irreparably rent by his absence. In the midst of his alienation from those around him, he falls in love with Catherine Carmier, setting the stage for conflicts and confrontations which are complex, tortuous, and universal in their implications.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1993.
Edition: 1st Vintage contemporaries ed.
ISBN: 9780679738916
Branch Call Number: FIC GAINES
Characteristics: 248 p. ; 21 cm.


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voisjoe1 Mar 31, 2014

The original version of the novel was written and sent to a publisher when Ernest Gaines was 17 years old. It was rejected and Gaines destroyed the manuscript, and when he graduated from college he wrote a more mature version. Gaines was born to a Louisiana sharecropping family, but for the North to be able to get a better education. Like all Gaines works, you get a realistic picture of Southern African-Americans and how they relate to each other. Racism is always around the corner, but the main idea is that African-Americans have hopes, dreams, and problems just like any other kind of people.


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