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Forty-six-year-old FABY GAUTHIER keeps an abandoned family photograph album in her bottom bureau drawer. Also abandoned is a composition book of vaudeville show reviews, which she wrote when she was nineteen and Slim White, America’s self-proclaimed Favorite Hoofer (given name, LOUIS KITTELL), decided to take her along when he played the Small Time before thinking better of it four months later and sending her back home to Vermont on the train. Two weeks before the son she had with Louis is to be married, Faby learns that Louis has been killed in a single-car accident, an apparent suicide. Her first thought is that here is one more broken promise: Louis accepted SONNY’s invitation to the wedding readily, even enthusiastically, giving every assurance that he would be there, and now he wouldn't be coming. An even greater indignity than the broken promise is that Louis’s family did not bother to notify Faby of his death until a week after the funeral took place. She doesn’t know how she can bring herself to tell Sonny he mattered so little in his father’s life he wasn’t even asked to his funeral...
"This brilliant story traces a family across the landscape of a world where not everybody has a standard "place" to be. A woman, Faby Gauthier, raises a boy named Sonny while the boy's father remains a distant enigma. While the story of single parenting may be a generally familiar one, it is not so in this case. The story draws you into the unique way Faby experiences the world, as a mother and otherwise. As someone who always loved the vaudeville culture and the transient lifestyle which characterizes it, Faby is like a Monet painting: you see the big picture, but somehow the individual strokes are more important. Convincing Sonny that his worth as a person has nothing to do with the passing whims of a wayward father involves more than a sit down discussion. It involves old family photographs and artifacts, family memories and stories of the past and present. "Telling Sonny" is about those many things which may appear trivial to those outside a family, but are significant to those inside it." - Neil Desmond, author of the Angels of Stockholm
Paperback: 340 pages
Publishing date: December 1, 2018
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
Elizabeth Gauffreau holds a B.A. in English/Writing from Old Dominion University and an M.A. in English/Fiction Writing from the University of New Hampshire. After a misbegotten stint teaching high school English and Latin, she has spent her career in non-traditional higher education. Her fiction and poetry have been published in literary magazines, including Rio Grande Review, Serving House Journal, Soundings East, Hospital Drive, Blueline, Evening Street Review, and Adelaide Literary Magazine, as well as several themed anthologies. Telling Sonny is her first published book.