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Compassion, Forgiveness, Love: An Orphan’s Journey to Find Her True Calling

In her new novel, “Goodlife, Mississippi,” Eileen Saint Lauren brings to life the story of a girl who is orphaned by her own mistake.

Mary “Myra” Boone is obsessed with Ray Charles Robinson and, at age 12, has already lived a life of guilt, loss and segregation. Knowing that she may or may not be mixed race, Boone begins a journey to find her true calling in life.

Saint Lauren’s goal with the novel is to provoke readers “to consider an understanding and tolerance of people whose life experiences and perceptions seem outside the norm despite being very real,” he said. she said in a press release. “Goodlife, Mississippi timeless voices of all colors and walks of life together reflect the message of compassion, forgiveness and love.

The time is the 1950s and 1960s and the place is Mississippi. Saint Lauren weaves together historical truths with magical realism throughout a story of the ordinary that has elements of the extraordinary and the supernatural.

Boone grows into a compassionate young woman with scars inside and out, and with a forged faith that goodness exists in the universe and has value in the world.

“Eileen Saint Lauren has created a memorable character that will stay with you long after the last page. Goodlife, Mississippi is an inspiring book of faith set among the rhythms and customs of not-so-distant Mississippi,” Lee Martin, Pulitzer Prize finalist for The Bright Forever, said in the press release.

Born in Hattiesburg and raised in Petal, Mississippi, Lauren is an award-winning journalist and news and feature writer. She earned an associate’s degree in journalism at Jones College in Mississippi, then a bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Early in her career, she was a commentator at Nebraska Public Radio and the Smith College Museum of Art. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and Madison, Mississippi.

“Goodlife, Mississippi” includes a study guide.