LITTLE GALE GUMBO
Marks’ debut novel is a story of a family dealing with tragedy, long-held secrets and loves all wrapped in a shroud of mystery. Compelling narrative combined with strong storytelling, vividly flawed yet interesting characters and an intricate plot will captivate the reader until the last page. A delectable read.
In 1977, Camille Bergeron left her life in New Orleans behind and ended up on Little Gale Island, Maine, with her two daughters, Dahlia and Josie. Ben Haskell, an island resident, fell in love with Camille and soon Ben, along with his son, Matthew, become a part of her family. Now, 25 years later, Dahlia, Josie and Matthew are reunited when Ben gets tragically hurt. As the three try to protect Ben while he fights for his life, hidden secrets come out and information is revealed that could threaten their tight-knit family. (NAL, Oct., 448 pp., $14.00)