A book by Arleen Cerbone Faustina

After the deaths of her parents and a nasty break up with her fiancé, Manon Benoit, a psychiatrist specializing in PTSD, makes the move from New York to New Orleans, carrying with her not only her grief but also the mystery of her famous mother’s hidden past. One evening while dancing Argentine tango, she encounters a handsome Creole FBI Agent, Andy St. Julien, a New Orleans native recently returned to the Big Easy to investigate an oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. Andy’s suspicions about Manon’s real ties to New Orleans (Is she merely French or something else?), an Australian psychic’s predictions, the interference of old lovers, unexpected twists in the FBI’s case, and the heady atmosphere of New Orleans herself all conspire to make the lovers’ journey a rocky one and threaten to expose the past that Manon’s mother sought to keep hidden. Within the intrigue of sexual tension and possible domestic terrorism, A Little Gumbo in Her Face explores how the power of family and place deeply affects ordinary lives, while introducing readers to the Louisiana Creoles and their unique place in American society and culture.

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Arleen Cerbone Faustina
Arleen Cerbone Faustina

Arleen Cerbone Faustina earned a Ph.D. in psychology at Tulane University in New Orleans where she spent many happy years living in and loving the Big Easy. Her specialization in PTSD lends her writing authenticity and her love of New Orleans pervades the story. A Little Gumbo in Her Face is her debut novel. Arleen lives in Virginia.