Reading a book of short stories can be a very unsettling experience. Gautreaux uses a plethora of voices. Each story is different and you're swept into unfamiliar worlds for just a few minutes and then swept out again. If you like bizarre but excellent characters and prose, you'll love Same Place.
Really spectacular writing. Gautreaux has a wonderful ear for the Louisiana patois. The bourre gambling story on the tanker is one of the funniest I have ever read. The more somber tales are so well written one wonders why this author is not recognized as a national treasure.
Being of Cajun heritage, I enjoy reading Southern literature, but at its worst, it is a bad mix of standard stereotypes: white trash, hound dogs, trailer parks and bad men and loose women. Gim Gautreaux gets it right! He gently (often humorously) takes a good, long look at Louisiana, and his vision is sharp without getting mired in cliches. The title story is dark and poignant, and its characters are interesting and multi-dimensional. I want to read more of Mr. Gautreaux; his view of the world is just quirky enough to be fascinating, but not so strange that I don't want to visit that place! And besides, I never knew anyone who ever actually wrote about Catahoula!
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