Gentle's Holler
Kerry Madden
Viking, 2007
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Louisiana's Song—an excerpt

Chapter One, Shades of Blue

Ghost Town in the Sky

May 1, 1963

Dear Livy Two,

Here is ten dollars. It’s all I got this week. Uncle Buddy “borrowed" the rest of my paycheck to pay his poker debts but aims to pay me back. WARNING: DO NOT blab to Mama or Grandma Horace about poker. Guess what? We saw this Alfred Hitchcock movie called “THE BIRDS," over in Asheville with a bunch of Ghost Town folks, but it scared Uncle Buddy so bad he had to step outside to smoke a cigarette in the middle. Now he watches the sky for killer birds.

Daddy back home yet?

Love, your brother, Emmett

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