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A local author launches his first historical fiction novel

Posted at 12:02 a.m. on Saturday, August 27, 2022

GONZALES — Local author and amateur genealogist Chad J. LeBlanc of Gonzales, has released his first work of historical fiction, “The Roots of the Bayou” via Kindle Direct Publishing.

Located in 18e Siècle Acadie, Canary Islands, France and Louisiana “Roots of the Bayou” is the story of two families of disparate means who both find themselves in unfortunate circumstances.

Honoré, a respected and prosperous man in his community of Pisiguit, Acadia, suddenly finds himself and his young family homeless. His son Joseph had just turned two. The family is dispersed by the winds across the Atlantic to England and then to France. Years pass and Joseph, now a young man, longs to reunite with his extended family in Louisiana.

Nearly 3,000 miles away in the Canary Islands, a young man named Andres faces the harsh realities and misfortunes of life before he and his family are finally offered the opportunity for a fresh start in Louisiana.

These two families from different places, speaking different languages ​​and different cultures eventually find themselves in the inhospitable swamps and along the dark bayous of southern Louisiana.

Follow the journey of these brave and resilient people as they live off the land and face life’s challenges. Along the way, you’ll learn about the fascinating history of these two cultures and the vastly different circumstances that brought them together.

LeBlanc said “The Roots of the Bayou” is more than just a work of historical fiction.

“It’s our story. Today, there are literally thousands and thousands of descendants of Acadians and Isleños (Canaries). Since the early 1800s, these groups have intermarried and continue to do so today,” he said. “If you’re able to go that far back in your family tree, you’ll find that you have hundreds of great-grandparents (x5 or x6). If your family has been in Louisiana that long, it’s almost impossible not to not be descended from one of these groups, but you are more likely to be descended from both.

Some Acadian surnames are Aucoin, Babin, Bergeron, Blanchard, Boudreaux, Bourg, Breaux, Comeaux, Crochet, Daigle, Doucet, Dugas, Dupuis, Foret, Gaudet, Gautreaux, Guidry, Guillot, Hebert, Lambert, Landry, LeBlanc, Martin, Mélancon, Michel, Olivier, Pitre, Préjean, Richard, Sonnier, Talbot, Templet, Thériot, Thibodeaux, Trahan and many others.

Some Isleño surnames are Acosta, Albarado, Alleman, Aguillard, Alvarez (Alberes*), Ascano (Eskine*), Caballero, Carbo, Cavalier, Dominguez (Domingue*), Falcon, Fernandez, Gonzales, Gomez, Hernandez, Hidalgo, Monzon, Morales, Perera, Placencia (Plaisance*), Quesada (Cassard*), Rivero (Rivere*), Sanchez, Torres, Trujillo (Truxillo*) and many others.

LeBlanc is available for interviews and appearances. To book presentations, media appearances, interviews and/or book signings, contact [email protected].

Margarita W. Wilson

The author Margarita W. Wilson