Valerie Fraser Luesse


Valerie Fraser Luesse has written five novels set in the South, including Christy Award winner Missing Isaac, Almost Home, The Key to Everything, Under the Bayou Moon, and Letters from My Sister (coming in 2023), all published by Revell Books. An award-winning magazine writer, Luesse is best known for her feature stories and essays in Southern Living. The Alabama native is a graduate of Auburn and Baylor Universities.




Noon to 1:00 p.m.
State Capitol, House Committee Room 3
Strong Southern Women: Writers from throughout the South
with Kimberly Brock, Donna Everhart, Valerie Fraser Luesse, Farrah Rochon, Rosalyn Story, and moderator Erin Z. Bass

1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Cavalier House Bookselling Tent
Book Signing

Under the Bayou Moon: A Novel

"Luesse's multifaceted, lyrical tale dazzles with larger-than-life villains searching for a big payday, a mythical albino alligator, a mysterious 'esprit Blanc' that allegedly roams the swamps, and a lovable cast. . . Readers who enjoy Southern romances will love this."--Publishers Weekly starred review

"Luesse transports readers to the lush and hauntingly beautiful Louisiana bayou in 1949 . . . Readers who enjoy Lynn Austin's faith-filled historical romances will be pleased to discover Luesse."--Booklist starred review

Restless with the familiarity of her Alabama home, Ellie Fields accepts a teaching job in a tiny Louisiana town deep in bayou country. Though rightfully suspicious of outsiders, who have threatened both their language and their culture, most of the people in tiny Bernadette, Louisiana, come to appreciate the young and idealistic schoolteacher as a boon to the town. She's soon teaching just about everyone--and coming up against opposition from both the school board and a politician with ulterior motives.

Acclimating to a whole new world, Ellie meets a lonely but intriguing Cajun fisherman named Raphe who introduces her to the legendary white alligator that haunts these waters. Raphe and Ellie have barely found their way to each other when a huge bounty is offered for the elusive gator, bringing about a shocking turn of events that will test their love and their will to right a terrible wrong.

A master of the Southern novel, Valerie Fraser Luesse invites you to enter the sultry swamps of Louisiana in a story that illuminates the struggle for the heart and soul of the bayou.


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