Deep in the Shade of Paradise (Paperback)

A Novel

By John Dufresne

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393331141, 364pp.

Publication Date: January 17, 2008

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"A comic opera…tuneful, playful." —New York Times Book Review

In Shiver-de-Freeze, Louisiana (population 375), friends and family have gathered for the impending nuptials of Grisham Loudermilk and Ariane Thevenot. This will be no ordinary wedding—not when Boudou Fontana, the last of the star-crossed Fontana clan, the conjoined twins Tous-les-Doux, and a host of others are involved.

From a writer of rare grace and comic genius comes a “warm, sad, and hilarious ride through the carnival of life” (Dallas Morning News). Rich in character and insight into the vagaries and varieties of love and memory, Deep in the Shade of Paradise is John Dufresne at his funny and thoughtful best.

About the Author

John Dufresne is the author of eleven previous books, including three fiction writing guides. A professor in the MFA program at Florida International University, he lives in Dania Beach.

Praise For Deep in the Shade of Paradise: A Novel

His work is closer to the over-the-top philosophical antics of Tom Robbins than anything you’d encounter in an American literature course…bizarre, hilarious, and totally hypnotic.

An outrageous tale of gothic proportions.

[An] extravagant work of comic genius.

An achievement of the first order by an author of the first rank.

An outrageous tale of gothic proportions…The spirit of this book is just so bighearted, it’s nearly impossible for the reader not to get swept along.

A funny, wise, and tenderhearted novel.