Jefferson Parrish - Stories of Life in Louisiana



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About On Archimedes Street

Just across the river from New Orleans, people cook, eat, ply their trades, pursue their hobbies, and live out their lives in the insulated bubble of Archimedes Street, lined with centuries-old live oaks. Honoria Abbott and Rita Simmons, Redemptorist professors and neighbors, are the salty matriarchs who rule the roost in this small fiefdom. Connoisseurs of M/M romance and aspiring matchmakers, they hatch a plot to awaken two of Honoria's students to each other's charms. The first step is to make Dutch and Flip roommates in Rita's shotgun-double apartment.

Dutch Abbott, a coddled, narcissistic rich boy, is drawn to the down-to-earth Flip, a transfer student with good looks and a pugnacious attitude. Secure in his self-esteem, Flip Abbott starts to question everything he ever believed about himself after he meets the arrogant but undeniably brilliant Dutch.

Little do Honoria and Rita know that their matchmaking will swirl Archimedes Street into the eye of a domestic hurricane, complete with lost cats, teenage longing, shrewd trading of sexual favors, fierce culinary competition, and environmental activism sprinkled with a little white magic.
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When I opened the package that contained this book, I stepped back seeing the name Jefferson Parrish. Being originally from New Orleans, I knew that this has to be a nom de plume. For those of you who do not know, the state of Louisiana is not made up of counties but parishes. New Orleans is in Orleans Parish while most of the suburbs that surround the city are in Jefferson Parish.
- Amos Lassen
http://reviewsbyamoslassen.com/?p=25880

This book just got more and more interesting. The more I read, the more I wanted to know about them all. The beauty of it is how one boy Flip Abbott manages to find out how things work and at the same time he challenges every aspect of what he knows. The more he faces, the more he questions. And it ends up being that much more addictive for the reader. If you like, society novels, humor, and the life of those that can afford to live in such a life, and then I would recommend it.
- Eric
http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/on-archimedes-street-by-jefferson-parrish/

About Pretty Sally Couldn't Marry Albert

Recovering from a stroke, Albert struggles to help his sister deal with her husband's death and the demands of single parenthood. Everyone puts on a brave face, but the family is overwhelmed and left with a hole in their hearts. The discovery of a stash of old valentines makes Albert nostalgic for the sunny days spent with his childhood friend, Harry. Albert's nephew, Kyle, decides to find the long-lost Harry only to discover life hasn't been kind to Harry either.

A part of the "A Valentine Rainbow" set of 14 holiday stories. Get all 14 stories on Feb. 1 when you purchase the set.

Wow! I am a new fan of Jefferson Parrish. This was another of those pleasant surprises. The title did not woo me in but I am so glad I read this story. . . . If you love a sweet story of family, broken men, stroke patients, recovery, cryptic messages, Valentine's Day and need a great short story to make you smile this one is it!
- Cat
http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com/2014/02/19/pretty-sally-couldnt-marry-albert-by-jefferson-parrish/

I really liked this story about two men, both nearly past middle-age, who find each other again after many years apart. One is recovering from a stroke, the other struggles to make ends meet.
- Sandra
http://www.myfictionnook.com/2014/02/arc-review-valentine-rainbow-anthology_12.html

A very good story. One of the best in the anthology. It was beautifully written, emotional and I believed the characters. Incredibly well done. I loved the depth here and the men being more mature was fantastic.
- Beans
http://gaylistbookreviews.wordpress.com/2014/03/28/a-valentine-rainbow/

 

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