10th Anniversary Edition of Award-Winning Welcome to the Fallen Paradise: A Novel By Dayne Sherman
Includes Reader's Guide for Book Groups and Author Interview
Booklist Magazine's "Hard-Boiled Gazetteer to Country Noir" - Louisiana Pick, 2012
Baxter Parish, Louisiana, is a bloody place where family tradition is stronger than the law and pride more valuable than life. Thirty-year-old Jesse Tadlock returns home to Packwood Corners to claim his inheritance after a peaceful, if not dull, twelve-year Army hitch. With a steady job, a past love back in his life, and his own land, he thinks he's outlasted the legacy of violence that has haunted his family.
But the morning after his first night in his new home in Mount Olive, a neighbor turns up at his door with a loaded rifle on his arm and a bloodthirsty pit bull in tow. Balem "Cotton" Moxley says he was born in this house and he'll die there, or Jesse will.
With his Uncle Red pushing him to deal with the threat the old way--meeting fist with blade, bullet with bomb--at odds with his desire for a simple peace, Jesse must find a way to stand up and save his own, even if it means losing everything to the fires of pride.
Praise for Dayne Sherman and Welcome to the Fallen Paradise: A Novel
"This pitch-perfect debut novel, about a hard-luck place where blood feuds spring up natural as pit bulls after raw meat, will go down easier with fans of rural crime stories than a juicy pork steak steeped in red-eye gravy."
--Booklist (May 2012 "Hard-Boiled Gazetteer to Country Noir" Winner & Starred Review)
"Backwoods violence and blood feuds are nothing new in Southern fiction, so it takes a strong writer to slug it out with in swamp and come back with a memorable story. Ponchatoula novelist Dayne Sherman is just such a writer, and Welcome to the Fallen Paradise, set in a fictional Baxter Parish, is just such an unforgettable book… utterly compelling." --Times-Picayune (one of four "Best Debuts" in 2004)
"A very slick debut tale, colorful and taut, that takes us into a crazy world and, at the close, brings us out alive." -- Kirkus
"Sherman's promising debut chronicles a young man's thorny return to his Louisiana hometown… Sherman brilliantly reunites a land with its own set of vicious rules with a native of that land who, as a changed man, simply wants peace. Weaving his way through a series of complex characters and a terrain fertilized with a proud but bloody history, Sherman tells a spirited and engaging tale."
"Dayne Sherman's exciting fiction takes us down a dusty Southern road to a place where both honor and ties of blood are more important than breath itself, and where even the religion is violent."
--Tim Gautreaux, author of The Missing and The Clearing
"Dayne Sherman writes like I wish I could if I was still young enough to change."
--Rick Bragg, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of All Over but the Shoutin' and Ava's Man
"Welcome to the Fallen Paradise reads like an amped-up, muscle-bound, southern morality tale of old. But Dayne Sherman has taken a classic story of family honor and revenge and given it just the right dash of modern swing. Fast-paced, action-packed, and filled with one memorable character after another, this is one page-turner that will remind you that the southern gothic is alive and well."
--Inman Majors, author of Wonderdog and The Millionaires
"It's hard to believe this is Dayne Sherman's debut novel because rarely does one read a first offering written with such skill. Welcome to the Fallen Paradise is a marvelous tale, a page-turner, written with authenticity, without censure, or fear. I predict that we're going to be reading the work of this brilliant new talent for a very long time."
--Bev Marshall, author of Right As Rain and Hot Fudge Sundae Blues