Fifty States Of Fiction: Louisiana


We can’t always travel to the places on our bucket list. But we can go there with books! I started the Fifty States Of Fiction challenge with the aim of reading one book from every state in the country. Each week in 2017 I’ll be here to talk about a different state, share with you some geographical fun facts, and explore how a novel, play, or personal narrative captures the essence of the area. Want to follow along? Check out this free printable calendar I’ve created just for you! Let’s get started!


Today’s State: Louisiana

Nickname: Pelican State

Motto: “Union, Justice, and Confidence”

Bird: Eastern brown pelican

Flower: Magnolia

Entered the union in: 1812

Now, pack your bags everybody. We’re about to explore Louisiana as Suzanne Palmieri portrays it in The Witch Of Bourbon Street.


Once upon a time the Sorrow Estate was a place for magic. Now, situated deep within the Louisiana bayou, this historic home lies in ruins. Surrounded by the low rumbles of swamp boats and the foot-trodden dirt paths that serve as their only roads, the Sorrow descendants attempt to restore their family’s magic from within the heart of the bayou. But sometimes a bit of physical space is needed to shed light on a sticky situation. Frances Sorrow, the so-called chosen one, wanted nothing to do with her family’s magic in the first place. She has since fled the mystic swamp of Tivoli Parish to tend bar on Thirteenth Bourbon in the colorful French Quarter of New Orleans. It is only when her son goes missing and the chosen one returns to the Sorrow Estate that the rest of the Sorrows see a change on the horizon. But can Frances make amends with the broken spirits of her past and find her son before it’s too late?

Have you read any other books set in Louisiana? Have you traveled there yourself? Make sure to let me know what the Pelican State means to you in the comments! Check back here next week to explore Maine through literature.

And remember, if you want to keep up with our schedule as we travel the country, you can download my free printable calendar.

See you all next week!


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