Love and Death in a Southern Family
by Cecile R. Bauer
Trade Paper: 6" x 9", 232 pp.
ISBN: 1-59663-640-8, 978-1-59663-640-8 $14.95
Special Introductory Price $12.95
I want you to kill me. . . .
Mrs. Bea Wilton, formidable matriarch, is in the throes of despair while she waits for final “relief” from the agonies of terminal illness. She beckons her ‘favorite’ to the sickbed and demands a premature release from her suffering. The chosen person refuses, yet no one ever disobeys Mumma Wilton.
By the end of the first chapter, the matriarch is dead, but not from “natural” causes. Readers may rest assured that all the characters had vital reasons to want the old harridan dead. But who, of course, actually killed her? Who, indeed, was Mumma’s favorite? And what on earth is going on with Rocket Man?
Thus begins this quirky southern mystery which intertwines a rich tapestry of human emotions: love, hate, grief, jealousy and joyful relief.. Woven through this tale of familial sorrow, including the family wake and funeral, is a shining thread of ridiculous humor which surfaces whenever families gather to mourn.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Cecile R. Bauer has been writing since the age of eleven. She has five previously published books to her credit, including Stepping Stones, published by Paulist Press, as well as numerous stories and articles published in magazines and newspapers from Sacramento, California to New York City. A wife for over fifty years, mother of ten, and grandmother to an endless clan of family members, Bauer still makes time for volunteer work at her church. The Bauer family motto is, “Thank God, Laugh Every Day.”