GUMBEAUX IS A TALE OF NEW BEGINNINGS. MARY FAIT MAY BE WEALTHY BUT SHE HAS BEEN ORPHANED AND LEFT IN THE CARE OF A LECHEROUS, ALCOHOLIC UNCLE. FEELING TRAPPED IN A DEAD END SITUATION SHE DEVISES A PLOT TO ESCAPE BY CHANGING HER NAME AND APPLYING FOR A COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP SINCE HER UNCLE WILL NOT GIVE HER ANY MONEY TO LEAVE HOME. MARY (VERONICA FEY) DOES GET THE SCHOLARSHIP AND BEGINS HER NEW LIFE IN LOUISIANA. HER DIARY ENTRIES TELL US OF HER COLLEGE LIFE, FINDING LOVE, GETTING A JOB AND EVENTUALLY, A RELEASE FROM HER PAST. JOIN MARY IN HER ADVENTURES GROWING UP IN THE SOUTH.
Where do you go when you disappear? For young heiress Mary Fait, the answer is New Orleans. After the death of her parents, she is placed in the care of her alcoholic uncle. For years, she assists her uncle in growing the family empire, all the while plotting his demise and / or her escape. A college scholarship gives her the opportunity to break free of her life to start a new one – under a new name. Follow Mary and her often hilarious misadventures in the early 1990’s while attending college in a small town in Louisiana. The story reads as a series of diary entries which chronicle the thoughts, feelings, and experiences of the main character during this time in her life. The novel’s title refers to a cajun restaurant in which the main character works as a waitress. The colorful descriptions of the town of Bayou Bend, the college, its inhabitants and the surrounding areas paint a vivid and amusing tale of life in the South.
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