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We’re delighted to kick off the Legacy Falls cover reveal tour–a week where we’ll feature eight great stories as part of the Legacy Falls charitable anthology project. Each author will donate a portion of their sales to the wounded or returning veteran charities of their choice.

 

Legacy Falls project summary:

Families from Legacy Falls share a tradition of loss.

Lovers have said farewell at the Pleasant Street train station for seventy years.

Mothers have welcomed home their sons in the ticker tape return from war and loss.

After every war, every battle, Legacy Falls opens its arms and its hearts to the wounded warriors returning home.

These are their stories.

 

TITLE: An Unexpected Hero: A Legacy Falls Romance
AUTHOR: Diana Marie DuBois13932119_1756667977880872_784484394_o
GENRE: Magical Realism/Romance

SUMMARY:

Sergeant Jackson Hamilton Ledet didn’t want to be a burden. Not to Bex, the woman he left behind to serve his country. Not to anyone. But returning home with an injury he fears he’ll never recover from Jackson faces the bitter knowledge that life as he knew it is over.

One Dear Jane letter to Bex and the deal is done, knowing he could never let her care for the half man he is now.

But Jackson’s return to his sleepy hometown of Legacy Falls offers more than the peaceful life he wants. It starts with a veterinary clinic, a dog and the woman he thought he could walk away from. Jackson knows life can be cruel but sometimes the unexpected surprises are enough to heal us all.

PRE-ORDER An Unexpected Hero HERE

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Diana

Diana Marie DuBois resides in the historical and richly cultured-filled state of Louisiana and just outside of the infamous city of New Orleans. She shares her home with two beautiful Great Danes and four spunky rescued mutts. As a young girl, Diana was an avid reader and could be found in her public library. Now you find her working in her local library, where she reads everything and anything. She has many stories ideas running through her head, with plenty interesting characters.

The Best American Essays, 2013, edited by Cheryl Strayed

The Best American series, which in 2014 featured editions of short stories, travel, mystery and sports writing, along with comics, infographics, nonrequired reading and other genres, has become an institution on its own. My introduction to Best American was through the short fiction series, and a now-classic edition edited by Tobias Wolff. The stories chosen that year (1994), such as Stuart Dybek’s “We Didn’t,” “Things Left Undone,” by Chris Tilghman, and Laura Glen Louis’ “Fur,” made up my introduction to contemporary short fiction, and it’s no accident, I think, that those voice-driven, deeply intimate stories instilled in me a very specific excitement about what a short story could do.

It’s with some embarrassment I confess my introduction to the essay series (which launched in 1986) turned out to be 2013’s, edited by Cheryl Strayed (the series editor is Robert Atwan). And yet, I feel that in a similar way, the essays n that volume will turn out to influence me in a similar way. Strayed has selected a range of voices, each with its intimate, usually confessional tone, and as she notes in the introduction, “made me feel, for the brief time I spent reading them, as if the rest of the world had fallen away.”

Still, the subjects couldn’t be more different. From Walter Kirn’s great “Confessions of an Ex-Mormon,” to Zadie Smith’s meditation on Joni Mitchell, “Some Notes on Attunement,” the investigations run from deep in memory to responses to the cultural moment. And while the term “essay” has become increasingly broad, the selections here encompass a dizzying set of categories—memoir, creative nonfiction, cultural and historical interrogations—it seems to have become an umbrella designation for a range of approaches and sensibilities, and extends to essays that are downright story-like.

From a contemporary standpoint, it would seem that the essay is a kind of literary rock star, and with a charismatic forefather in Montaigne, but according to series editor Robert Atwan, that was not always the case. During his years as a grad student of literature in the 1940s, the essay had a very different standing:

…literary works then were so exclusively identified with poems, novels, and plays that the privileging [of fictive over nonfictive works] barely went noticed. When int eh mid-sixties I took a seminar on Ralph Waldo Emerson with the brilliant critic and quintessential Emersonian Richard Poirier, we concentrated on Emerson as a thinker and a prose stylist, as the central figure of American literature, but I don’t recall a single bit of discussion that regarded Emerson as an essayist, as a writer wholly engaged with a particular literary genre….Essays were a minor genre, at best…

In Strayed’s selections you’ll find remembrances of the counterculture sixties, a memoir of a harrowing car crash, a nostalgic look at an out-of-print encyclopedia, and a heart-rending remembrance of a father unable to love his wife and daughters.

Read more, here.

—Lauren Alwan

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