Crossing Lake Pontchartrain

Fiction - Southern
388 Pages
Reviewed on 08/12/2023
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Author Biography

Raised in south Mississippi, the rivers and the Gulf of his childhood resonate in his Southern fiction through characters of depth and humor. Arthur writes about the emotional connection between both nature and people and how those linkages unlock pieces of self as time passes, people come and go, and we each explore the part of us yearning to be human.

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Reviewed by Foluso Falaye for Readers' Favorite

Life is full of both challenges and blessings, and one can seem to overshadow the other at times. In Larry's case, he happens to be swimming in challenges. Larry's marital problems receive the proverbial final nail in the coffin when his wife asks to bring another man into their marriage. Since his father's disappearance 20 years ago, his writing career and self-esteem have been anything but great. He eventually gets a job in New Orleans and meets a variety of interesting people who show him a different side of life and share insightful messages with him about art, clairvoyance, meditation, healing, and similar concepts. In Arthur Byrd's Crossing Lake Pontchartrain, a divorcee struggles to reconnect with his balanced, artistic self and accept his loss - a battle he gets closer to winning with each profound conversation he has with friends, lovers, and strangers.

It was fantastic! Arthur Byrd's realistic plot includes visual images, everyday activities, and insightful conversations that elevate you to a calm, meditative state like a monk on a serene mountain. Even after I finished the novel, I kept returning to it in my head to immerse myself in Larry's quest for wisdom. The absence of the protagonist's father and the book's depiction of clairvoyance create a sense of mystery and intrigue that makes it addictive. Larry appealed to me because he is a lovely, compassionate character who is interested in learning about everyone he meets and has a sweet relationship with his mother. Crossing Lake Pontchartrain is a deeply gripping narrative with resonant themes of family, Eastern philosophy, psychology, and art. Its cleverly placed messages will inspire you to "keep your eyes open for the roses starting to bloom" around you.