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What the Bayou Saw

By Patti D. Lacy


Since leaving Louisiana, Sally Stevens has held her childhood secrets at bay, smothering them in a sunny disposition and sugar-coated lies. No one, not even her husband Sam, has heard the truth about what happened when she was almost twelve years old.

Now a teacher in Illinois, Sally has nearly forgotten the past. But when one of her students is violently attacked, Sally's memories of segregation, a chain link fence, and a blood oath bubble to the surface like a dead body in a bayou. Lies continue to tumble from Sally's lips as she scrambles to gloss over harsh reality. Finally cornered by her deceit and nudged by the Holy Spirit, she resolves to face the truth, whatever the consequences.

"Like Southern molasses, What the Bayou Saw is a rich, thick read that explores a tale so haunting so painfully real, it will follow you into your dreams. There is a blazing light on the horizon of women's fiction, and her name is Patti Lacy."--Julie Lessman, author of A Passion Most Pure and A Passion Redeemed

"[A] deftly knit together story of two girls, four decades and one growing nation in a tale as relevant as ever. A winning combination that makes for simply great storytelling."--Tosca Lee, Christy-nominated author of Havah: The Story of Eve

Book Takeaway:

Buried secrets create a cesspool of lies and pain in the life of a college professor who longs to help a student struggling with the same problems. Healing can't begin for either woman until they allow God's white-hot truth to cleanse their lives.


Year Title Description
2009 Foreword Magazine Finalist, Book of the Year Religious category

Why the author wrote this book:

The story of two little girls, separated by racism and a chain link fence, birth this book so close to my Southern heart


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