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eBook Outside Child ePub

by Alice Wilson-Fried

  • ISBN: 0977208125
  • Category: Mystery
  • Subcategory: Suspense and Obscurity
  • Author: Alice Wilson-Fried
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: KOMENAR Publishing; 1st edition (September 1, 2007)
  • Pages: 305
  • ePub book: 1651 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1202 kb
  • Other: txt lrf lit mbr
  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 672

Description

First, the good news.

First, the good news. This story is set in pre-Katrina New Orleans and author Alice Wilson-Fried, provides a wonderful sense of place and offers a no-holds barred look at race relations from a local’s perspective. The bad news is that I wanted to like Ladonis, but as I got further into the book this became increasingly difficult.

Pre-Katrina New Orleans: Ladonis Washington finds success within her grasp after the grisly death of her business mentor

New Orleans Style Murder is Tension Filled Thriller. com User, August 7, 2008. Outside Child, by Alice Wilson-Fried is a marvelous masterpiece of murder and mayhem on the Mississippi. Ladonis Washington wants nothing more than to make it to the top of her career. She will do just about anything to get there. She is tough, hardworking and dedicated.

2008 Next Generation Indie Book Award.

Fast paced, down home and real, Outside Child rivets you to the page, keeps you turning pages and brings back a vanished New Orleans. 2008 Next Generation Indie Book Award. A native of New Orleans, Alice Wilson-Fried attended Tulane University and later worked in public relations at the Delta Queen Steamboat Company. For the past twenty-eight years, Alice has lived in California with her husband, Frank Fried of Chicago who passed away on January 13, 2015. She is the mother of two, stepmother of three, and grandmother of nine. She enjoys playing tennis, reading and writing.

Read the best books by Alice Wilson-Fried and check . Born and raised in New Orleans. Worked in Public Relations at the Delta Queen Steamboat Company before moving to the Bay Area where I remarried.

Born and raised in New Orleans. I have two children, three stepchildren and eight grandchildren. I enjoy tennis and reading. My first published title is a nonfiction, entitled, Menopause, Sisterhood and Tennis. Outside Child:A Novel of Murder and New Orleas is my first published work of fiction and is the first of a trilogy set in modern day, pre-Katrina New Orleans.

Alice Wilson-Fried has written a debut mystery novel that reveals more than circumstances of murder and its resolution. Alice’s childhood in the Magnolia Housing Project and her life thereafter in New Orleans proper has enabled this talented storyteller to open up the world of native-born New Orleans blacks, their communities and their abilities to succeed in their city. Alice takes readers on a tour of a place and society that has raised questions and enlivened curiosity since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

AbeBooks Alice Wilson-Fried grew up in the Magnolia Housing Project in New Orleans

Alice Wilson-Fried grew up in the Magnolia Housing Project in New Orleans. After attending Grambling College and Tulane University, she worked in public relations at the Delta Queen Steamboat Company. For the past sixteen years, Alice has lived in California with her husband, Frank. She is a mother of two, stepmother of three, and grandmother of eight.

Alice Wilson-Fried, Author. I write novels set in. Those of you who have read my mystery novel OUTSIDE CHILD, give me a shout out on this page. I write novels set in I also wrote a non-fiction about and.

Known as: Wilson R Alice, Wilson A Keller, A Wilson. Alice Wilson-Fried reading from her book Outside Child on bernardsbookshelf. Guildhall Shopping Centre Tanya Hughes & Alice Wilson. Has lived in: Jacksonville, FLMoriarty, NMDenver, C. .

Split print run, 2000 hardcover, 1000 trade paperback

Comments

Lailace Lailace
Public relations assistant, Ladonis Washington, can scarcely believe that her colleague and mentor, corporate VP Tim Ganen, is dead. That he died from falling into the paddle wheel of their employer's steamboat is almost as hard to believe. Worried about bad publicity to the company, the CEO wants Ladonis to stop the story from getting out too quickly. Ladonis agrees, albeit reluctantly. Still, if she comes through for the CEO and also discovers what really happened to Tim (few believe he simply fell into the paddle wheel), she has a good chance of moving up the corporate ladder.

As a black woman coming from a poor part of town in New Orleans, Ladonis knows how tough that climb is, but she's one determined lady. Complicating her life, however, is her cynical, anti-establishment brother, HeartTrouble, (I love that name) who has his own legal problems.

I liked and disliked several things about this book. First, the good news. This story is set in pre-Katrina New Orleans and author Alice Wilson-Fried, provides a wonderful sense of place and offers a no-holds barred look at race relations from a local's perspective. The bad news is that I wanted to like Ladonis, but as I got further into the book this became increasingly difficult. The character is driven primarily by ambition, and the frequent mention of her desire to protect the company and executives so she can move up was irritating. Also, Ladonis went so far beyond the law to find answers that the story became implausible in one or two spots, and those answers often came through a tad too many coincidences. Still, for the New Orleans flavor and a glimpse into the culture, the book is a good read.
Dilmal Dilmal
Outside Child, by Alice Wilson-Fried is a marvelous masterpiece of murder and mayhem on the Mississippi. Ladonis Washington wants nothing more than to make it to the top of her career. She will do just about anything to get there. She is tough, hardworking and dedicated. She works for the Floating Palace Steamboat Company in public relations. One day her friend and mentor Tim is reported missing, presumed dead. She is put in charge of keeping a lid on publicity. Her assignment quickly places her in the midst of the mysterious investigation into his death. When his body is found it is determined he was murdered. Ladonis spends her time searching for answers to Tim's death, although through it all has an epiphany of her own that impacts her own outlook on life.

This is a debut novel by a storyteller with a natural gift for capturing the southern dialect and conversational speech from both ends of New Orleans' society. At times her characters' conversations touch your emotions like a symphony that plays to the depth of your soul. It can be sharp, quick, witty, laughable, attacking and often deadly. The characters are memorable, so much so that it could easily be adapted to a screenplay or live theater. Each character is shaped by their speech and the role they play or the nickname they're called by. How can you forget Laundry Man, Preacher Man, HeartTrouble, L'il Boy, JockStrap and Big Blake?

My favorite scene from the book is when Ladonis visits her mother. Her mom is complaining because Ladonis doesn't visit often and says to her, "You don't miss the water till the well is dry." Now who can't relate to this remorse ridden remark? I immediately felt guilty for women all over the world. The words are priceless. Ladonis on the other hand has nicknames for her mother's three personalities and decides that this day she is Martyr Theresa. On other days she may call her Sick Puppy or Pissed Off.

This situation is so real, images of a time ticking by come to mind. Ladonis is too young to get that yet. It's a mother daughter thing. You love your mom, yet she drives you crazy. This conversation touches my heart and I felt the writer is very honest in her portrayal of their relationship. She makes you think about how precious the time you spend with your mom is and she captures the moment here beautifully.

Wilson-Fried, who grew up in the Magnolia Housing Projects, tackles the racism and social aspects of New Orleans. She shows how the marginal members of society, blacks, women and gays are still the city's outside children. To break into the New Orleans' white male dominated business and political arena there are challenges and tough choices needed to succeed with the endurance of a marathon runner. This is a theme that does not overpower the story but is the story. The mystery is a bonus, a wonderful who-done-it.

Anxiety ridden moments of anticipation will make you read on. You will hang on a limb at the end of each chapter. Don't miss reading this pre-Katrina New Orleans thriller.
Saimath Saimath
Alice Wilson-Fried's mystery novel, "Outside Child," introduces readers unfamiliar with pre-Katrina New Orleans to a society where people can either transcend the social law of gravity in order to rise or must struggle against the social law of gravity in order not to fall. Through the eyes of Ladonis Washington, readers see what Ladonis sees and rejoice or cringe with her as she makes her way through the menace and puzzle of the corporate jungle. This mystery reveals the dilemma of a young woman who, on her way up, tries hard not to lose her way. Her self-imposed demand to solve a status-changing murder tests her resolve, her convictions, and the values she holds dear. And throughout the novel, steadfast, moves the leitmotif of the great river and the paddleboats that ply the waters of the Great Mississippi.
Cae Cae
Alice Wilson-Fried has written a murder mystery that keeps the reader engaged from cover to cover. "Outside Child" introduced me to New Orleans, its beauty, its politics, the many challenges of its residents. Although I've never visited New Orleans, my heart yearns to experience Mardi Gras and the music and joy of New Orleans. After reading this book, I feel a sense of familiarity with New Orleans that is very inviting. In her book Ms. Wilson-Fried takes the readers on a journey through New Orleans, including the Louisiana riverboats, which were the main focus of the book, and into the world of drugs, slave-trading and dirty politics. The book's characters are very colorful and I'm excited to read where their adventures lead them in the sequel to "Outside Child." I really loved this book and highly recommend it to fellow lovers of mysteries.
Androrim Androrim
OUTSIDE CHILD is a remarkable book in that while ostensibly a "mystery story",it really is a novel about New Orleans and the folk who have lived and worked there. It is an encomium of how class,gender,race and kin, combine to provide an understanding of the glory,pride and family values of those who created New Orleans,while having to surmount the history of the repression of both class and white supremacy. The people in the book are ttreated with an understanding and respect that is reminiscent of John Oliver Killens' "YOUNGBLOOD". I can think of no higher praise.