Book of the Week 3/3/2014


M.G. Miller’s award-winning novel Bayou Jesus (Southern Exposures Press, 2011) tells the story of Frank Potter, a young, divinely-inspired black man living in a house of haunted women with Samson Boudreaux, a white man of great power and greater weakness.

Bayou Jesus is much more than just race and religion in the Deep South; Miller unfolds the main plot in an eloquent manner, bringing out many readers’ emotions from anger to sorrow, from fear to hate. This book gives a clear idea of 1930‘s Louisiana while reading a mesmerizing mystery at the same time.

The story flows perfectly, written with an authentic voice, is well-researched, and attention-grabbing from page one. Readers will find a difficult time putting down this book until the very end, and then want to read it a second time to make sure they didn’t miss anything important.

Bayou Jesus has won the Oklahoma State Best Novel award, a Deep South Prize from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, an Arkansas Governor’s Arts Award for Literature, and praised by Noble’s Way author Dusty Richards as Miller being “in a class of artisans whose prose will someday sit on august library shelves alongside Steinbeck and Faulkner.” It is definitely a mystery book with a twist, and one not to be missed.