Dialog is as zingy and funny as a one-woman show. Character-driven story develops comedy payoff in 3-way girl-meets-girl plot. Writing style is vivid as a screenplayz Tomboy narrator, Laydia Spain O'Hara, the town innkeeper, untangles fourteen characters' lives in the nostalgic 1950s southern Illinois where everybody knows everybody's business.
In her own personal geography, Laydia Spain joins the zany bleached-blond farmer's daughter, Miss Lulabelle, and the dark-skinned blues singer, Jessarose, and outwits convention by opening her own bed-and-breakfast. The three women's personal geography mirrors the vast social issues sweeping American concepts of extended family, gender roles, and the human heart leading to today's liberation. See what happens to the red-headed baby, the 4th of July picnic, and the Girl's Choir that sings "Old Man River"!
• A compelling life story: Michael will share stories of his life from before and after meeting Paula, from his quintessentially southern childhood to his work as a tugboat captain, raising his children as a single dad, to the pleasures and challenges of marrying one of the nation’s biggest celebrities. .
• Delicious recipes: Michael is pretty good in the kitchen himself, and My Delicious Life with Paula Deen will feature some of his favorites, such as Captain’s Deviled Crabs and Blue Water Banana Pudding. .
- Carole Lewis
First Place 4 Health National Director
“What a touching triumph over a difficult childhood. Karen’s raw and honest voice immediately draws us into her life. What a tribute to her inner strength to acknowledge her past and use it as a tool to help others who have also been victims of childhood abuse and neglect.”
- Ruthanne Mefford
Director, Child Advocates of Fort Bend
It begins with Karen’s reality: Bad as home was, I always wanted to go back there, ‘cause I belonged! “Home” is an isolated Appalachian barn where poverty, neglect, and abuse go unseen until the children (twelve) reach school age.
At age five and deathly ill from parasites, Karen watches from the welfare agents’ back seat as her hysterical mom’s image gets smaller while the car speeds away. Terrified, yet determined, she remembers their route; she will get back home. Orphanage memories are horrific, but she thanks God for tricycles and popsicles (her first). Gossip has it the town prostitutes ratted on the family’s health. Moving from hating these women to seeing how God uses them to protect the kids is the beginning of Karen’s faith.
Running from welfare, moving constantly, Karen knows she’s the dirtiest, poorest kid in school. Scenarios change, but chaotic, frightening themes of fear, hunger, abuse and peer ridicule repeat. Then, at age sixteen, Karen senses hope when she marries Terry and prepares her first home, a $4000 trailer, for their child. Could this be stability?
If only! Hard work, little pay, parenting and marriage stresses become overwhelming. Acts of ministry from Karen’s home church sustain her until a new devastating challenge surfaces: providing for her children, extended family, and husband, Terry, who now has a life-threatening illness. Can she manage this trial? Can she preserve?