New Orleans through the Eyes
of a Lover
A vividly described memoir, My Bayou charts a personal and spiritual transformation along the fabled banks of Bayou Saint John in New Orleans. When Constance Adler moves to New Orleans, she begins what becomes a lasting love affair with the city, and especially the bayou - a living entity and the beating heart of local culture. Rites of passage, celebrations, mysterious accidents, and magic all take place on its banks, leading Adler to a vibrant awareness of the power of being part of a community. That faith is tested in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and is ultimately proven right, as Bayou Saint John begins to rebuild.
Description: 260 pp., 6.00" x 9.00", Paper
Michigan State University Press
My Bayou Makes a Splash
Susan Settlemyre Williams wrote a wonderful review of My Bayou in the online journal Blackbird.
Here is the short (five minutes) film adaptation of My Bayou.
See the aerial footage from "Harding and Moss," Jackson Hill's adaptation of My Bayou for the Timecode:nola film festival.
Peggy Scott Laborde hosted me on Steppin' Out on WYES.
Listen to Susan Larson's delightful interview on WWNO.
Read Diana Pinckley's wonderful review in The Times-Picayune.
Siobhan Welch wrote an interview for the Austinist.
Judith Meriwether's radio interview on the campus of University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Here is Alex Gecan's great Q&A for the New Orleans Magazine blog "My New Orleans".
Mary Rickard memorialized my front porch in The Times-Picayune.