Author Michael W. Hull’s New Book “Jefferson Parish” Is an Evocative Story of One Man’s Search for Meaning and Happiness Amid the Turbulence of Modern Human Life

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Recent release “Jefferson Parish” from Page Publishing author Michael W. Hull is a spellbinding novel introducing Matthew Laurent, a small-town Louisiana boy whose move to Columbia University and New York City opens the door to a wider world of diversity and the cultural tolerance that made him an outlier in his Southern town. When life leads him back to Jefferson Parish, he must confront the ghosts of his family’s past and the vicissitudes of the human experience.

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Michael W. Hull is a lifelong Massachusetts resident and world traveler who worked as an electrician before earning a bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He has published his new book “Jefferson Parish”: a poignant tale of tolerance, family, and forgiveness in the Deep South.

“Jefferson Parish” is the story of a boy, Matthew Laurent. Born during the post-desegregated South but before full acceptance of races “other” than his own, the white race. While much of the overt racism of the old South was gone, it was not totally eradicated. In fact, in the early 1980’s there were still plenty of racist holdouts, unwilling to let their old, oppressive way die.

Not long after the death of his brother, Matthew’s life would dramatically change forever. Feeling alone and struggling to make sense of the world, Matthew befriended a new classmate, Jamal. Jamal, a black boy new to Jefferson Parish…shy and reserved at first, he and Matt would form a bond that would last a lifetime. Both Matthew and Jamal had big dreams. The boys, each in search of something, but something very different from each other, wanted more than Jefferson Parish could offer.

Matthew would eventually find himself working in the Middle East where he would meet a beautiful young woman that made him feel something that he had thought he had lost forever. Events would compel Matt to return to Jefferson Parish and force him to address both old and new wounds. Back in the parish, he soon realized that while some people were willing to change, others were not.

Matt’s life is one of turmoil, though he himself is not tumultuous. Searching for meaning and stability, Matt’s journey seems fraught with pain, yet he can’t give up. Happiness might be right around the corner. Jefferson Parish is the story of family, by blood or other, racial intolerance, friendship and most of all forgiveness.
Published by Page Publishing, Michael W. Hull’s engrossing book is an excellent choice for avid modern fiction readers that explores a quintessentially American experience.
Readers who wish to experience this engaging work can purchase “Jefferson Parish” 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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