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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (42 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nancy Rawles Narrator: Lizan Mitchell Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781436172448
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For forty years Camille Broussard has cooked for other people. As a young bride she moved from Louisiana to Los Angeles and settled in the thriving community of Watts; but many of her hopes went up in the flames of the 1965 riots. Now it’s 1984, and she’s determined to cook for herself. She’ll pickle okra, sell meatpies at church, peddle pralines—whatever it takes to revive her scattered family, her neighborhood, and herself. Her grandson Nicholas has just been released from prison and takes up residence in her backyard, and her sons want her to move away. But with support from her talented if unemployed neighbor Lester Pep and her eager but hapless lesbian daughter Grace, she tries to start a business. By serving up recipes from her childhood, she hopes to rekindle her crawfish dreams.

Gracefully written, with a wonderful sense of humor, Crawfish Dreams is a high-spirited novel about family, responsibility, and the pursuit of personal happiness.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A warm and funny tale of motherhood.”

    Connie Briscoe, New York Times bestselling author

  • A tasty tale of a proud Creole family in Los Angeles.”

    Seattle Times

  • Crawfish Dreams is a good choice for recording, especially when presented by a gifted narrator like Lizan Mitchell...Mitchell is especially believable in her portrayal of Camille, who remains committed to the community she has lived in all her life...This heartwarming story provides insight into life in Watts.”


  • “[A] thoughtful, lovingly written tale of one woman’s quiet determination to survive.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 7/12/2012

    " I liked the idea of the story, but it seemed to drag out near the end. "

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About the Author

Nancy Rawles is a novelist and playwright who grew up in Los Angeles and began her career as a professional writer in Chicago. Her first novel, Love Like Gumbo, was awarded the 1998 American Book Award and Washington State’s Governor’s Writers Award. Her plays have been produced in Chicago, San Francisco, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Los Angeles, and Seattle, where lives and teaches creative writing.

About the Narrator

Lizan Mitchell has won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration as well as eight Earphones Awards. She appears frequently on episodic television and more recently in the feature film The Human Stain.