Maggie Collins was born Maggie Perrodin on March 12,
1970, in the small, rural town of Loreauville, Louisiana. She is the third
child of Alvin and Ethalia Auzenne. She grew up with 10 brothers and
sisters. Her father was a sharecropper for most of his life and later worked
in a sugarcane mill.
She majored in English at the University of Louisiana and later earned a Master’s degree from the University of New Orleans. An excerpt of Celestial Blue Skies was published in Louisiana Cultural Vistas and was a 2009 finalist for the worldwide William Faulkner William Wisdom writing contest. In 2014 Celestial Blue Skies was shortlisted for the Ernest Gaines Award. She is a Center for Black Literature fellow and an Educational Diagnostician. In 1989, Maggie met Melvin Collins at the University of Southwestern Louisiana. They were married on October 2, 1999. They have two sons, Zelvin and Quintin Collins and live in New Orleans, Louisiana where her husband pastors First Free Mission Baptist Church. Maggie loves to write about the rural south and ordinary people trying to achieve the American Dream the best way they can.
Celestial Blue Skies
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Paperback: 206 pages (Also
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Publisher: Battered Suitcase Press (April 28, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
In Belle Place, Louisiana, where the sugarcane grows a mile high to the bright blue sky, Celeste struggles with her mentally ill mother, Tut, and works with her grandmother Maymay to hold the Creole Bastille family together. Celeste has bigger dreams for her life, and is falling for the handsome and wealthy Vashan. But, when Tut runs away to live with the man she met working in the sugarcane to escape her reputation as the town whore, Maymay fears that Celeste will end up like her mother. And just as things are finally looking up for Tut, her past returns with violent, tragic results. Will Celeste end up like her mother, or will she redeem her family from the hoodoo curse that haunts them? And will she find love with someone from a culture just as exotic as her own?
Audio Interview: The Reading Life With Lisa Howorth And Maggie Collins
The Reading Life: Square Books co-founder Lisa Howorth, whose first novel is Flying Shoes, and debut novelist Maggie Collins, author of Celestial Blue Skies.
of Home” - article in myneworleans.com
Drawing upon experiences from her upbringing in rural Acadiana for inspiration, Maggie Perrodin Collins tells a classic Louisiana tale in her first novel, Celestial Blue Skies.
tells Creole tales linked to the past” article in The
Even in this era of rapid communication and travel, ever-present mass media and globalization, local culture and history matter.