Robert J. Blackwell Jr.’s New Book “Deer Island in Autumn” is the Tale of a Family Establishing Deep, Meaningful Roots in the Establishment of Southern Louisiana.

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Recent release “Deer Island in Autumn” from Page Publishing author Robert J. Blackwell Jr. is the story of a newlywed couple’s journey to America in the nineteenth century in order to plant their roots deep in a beautiful yet remote island in the Atchafalaya River Basin in southern Louisiana. This story is followed by a second volume in which a young descendent of the couple that started it all takes on the important role of “family historian” and continues the rich tradition of celebrating the trials and successes of life in the bayou.

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Robert J. Blackwell Jr., a lifelong resident of his beloved state Louisiana, has completed his new book “Deer Island in Autumn”: a novel in two volumes that portrays life in the lower Atchafalaya River Basin in Louisiana and its tributaries from 1840 to 1921.

Blackwell and his wife have a rich family history steeped in the settlement of Louisiana. “My mother was a descendant of the founder of the village of Theriot (my community) Michel Eloi Theriot; he established a settlement here in the mid-1800s. My wife’s mother was a descendant of those who originally settled Deer Island around this same time period; many of their family members are buried in the cemetery there. I found the roots to these two beginnings very fascinating.” He combined aspects of each to form his book which is set in the real place of Deer Island.

Published by New York City-based Page Publishing, Robert J. Blackwell Jr.’s breathtaking tale presents itself as a two distinct diaries written by two women of the Addison family who have a penchant for noticing and describing details.

The first diary is that of Josephine Addison, a daring young woman who readily takes on the adventure of moving to America with her new husband to settle and build roots in the dangerous, mysterious, and beautiful Deer Island.

Having nearly memorized her great-grandmother’s written journal by heart, twelve-year-old Nora Addison continues the family’s legacy in her own diary. Though she is young, she is well equipped to become the family historian as the story picks back up in the early twentieth century.

Readers who wish to experience this historical fiction can purchase“Deer Island in Autumn” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

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