Christopher Fontenot's new book “The Acadian Prairie-Maius” is about how after years of conflict, families struggle for survival in Faquetaique in the Acadian Prairie

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Recent release “The Acadian Prairie-Maius” from Page Publishing author Christopher Fontenot details how love and loss are a constant part of life on the prairie, and those who survive disease and deadly hatreds do so by holding fast to their faith and their families.

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Christopher Fontenot, a retired teacher, and devoted husband, father, and grandfather, has completed his new book “The Acadian Prairie-Maius”: an intriguing book about how after the war, conflict continues to fester among the families of the prairie where one bad year could mean famine, where cattle thieves continue to plague the region, and where even the prairie begins to change as settlers continue to filter in.

According to Fontenot, “(I) began writing at the age of twelve but stopped after graduating from college. Teaching, marriage, and children completely filled (my) time until (my) last employer cut (my) work hours, leaving (me) with long afternoons to fill, and (I) returned to composing stories in a local coffee house. The stories had always been there, waiting, and in the last five years, (I) began to describe, using fictional characters, (my) memories of high school and college. Researching the era, (I) began composing a paean to the children, who lived through remarkable times when everything in society changed: the late 1960s. After working through two bachelor’s degrees, one in history, another in education, then following that with a master’s in secondary teaching, and a master’s plus thirty focusing on educational administration, (I) completed (my) doctorate in educational leadership and research at Louisiana State University. Fully retired now after thirty-eight and a half years of teaching in private and parochial schools in Louisiana, (I) still live in the northern part of the Acadian prairie of Louisiana with (my) wife of forty-one years. Four children and seven grandchildren occupy only so much of (my) time while the stories continue to call (me) to the keyboard. (I have) already outlined multiple volumes taking the narrative through five generations of prairie families, covering the period from 1835 to 1975.” “The Acadian Prairie – Maius” is the second of five volumes in the generational saga of the Prairie Faquetaique families.

Published by New York City-based Page Publishing, Christopher Fontenot's inspirational writings detail how after years of conflict, during the Vigilance–Anti-Vigilance War and the Civil War, the Dupré, Frugé, Ortego, and Nightflower families struggle for survival in that part of the Acadian prairie known as Faquetaique.
From open range cattle farming, the petit habitants of the prairie must adjust to the growing number of farms, cotton and rice cultivation, the end of the open range, and the new settlers who are increasingly English-speaking Americans. Although old hatreds remain, Maius Dupré, the last son of Theodule; Amelina Ortego, the last daughter of Emile; Olivia Nightflower, the mixed-race traiteuse; Clèmante Frugé; and Adèle Reed must find the strength to survive the challenges and harsh life of the prairie as it changes around them.

Readers who wish to experience this gripping work can purchase “The Acadian Prairie-Maius” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play or Barnes and Noble.

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