Bayou Jesus

Bayou Jesus Elderly Zassy mother of Bayou Jesus reveals the story of her son Frank s spiritual journey which begins on the day the two of them are taken to serve at the Boudreaux family s Bellwether plantation

  • Title: Bayou Jesus
  • Author: M.G. Miller
  • ISBN: 9780975989609
  • Page: 441
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Elderly Zassy, mother of Bayou Jesus, reveals the story of her son Frank s spiritual journey which begins on the day the two of them are taken to serve at the Boudreaux family s Bellwether plantation Frank begins a mythical journey into the bayou to find himself and God and gathers followers and an imposing disciple along the way.

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    • M.G. Miller

      M.G Miller is the author of numerous Southern Gothic novels ranging from literary fiction to psychological thrillers and horror His work has received Best Novel awards from Arkansas and Oklahoma states, a Deep South Prize from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and an Arkansas Governor s Award for Literature His latest novel, A Fire in Canaan , will be released spring 2016 by Liffey Press.

    617 thoughts on “Bayou Jesus

    • A southern gothic tale about a boy named Frank who becomes a preacher known as Bayou Jesus, and the two families black and white who are haunted by his legacy.Frank's mother Zassy tells the story, looking back on her son's life in 'present day' sections. The book is divided into three eras - Father, Son, and Ghost they are called adding to the overall theme of the book.The disturbing conclusion of the story is a bit too abrupt- I would have liked to have seen more build to it, and more of the af [...]


    • Meaning to start a chapter or two, I sat down with this book and it had other thoughts for me. I couldn't put it down until it was finished. This story is both tragic and beautiful. M.G. Miller writes in such a way his reader is right there with his characters. I could see and smell the bayou though I have never physically been there. I felt what it was like growing up a sexually and spiritually confused black woman in times of slavery, as well as the love and purity that poured from Frank's sou [...]


    • This was an interesting, thought-provoking read. There were many times I had to put the book down but wished I could run on no sleep so I could have kept reading until I finished it. The only reason it took me as long as it did to read the whole thing is because I only get blocks of a few minutes at a time to read, otherwise I would probably have read it all in one weekend.


    • The characters in this story are captivating from the beginning. The turmoil of post slavery Louisiana comes through in the struggles of Zazzy and Jolene to raise Frank. I think the end of the story was a bit abrupt but overall it was a good read.


    • Full review and more available at: oneguysguidetosp*********************************************************************************My Thoughts:What do I even start? I suppose at the beginning, as most people do. 150 years ago, our great nation was in the midst of a terrible war. The great divide in our nation, pitting brothers against brothers, friends against friends, neighbors against neighbors. While the American Civil War was about so much more than slavery, we all know how important a role [...]


    • Wow! I really do not know what to say about the story. I thought it was going in one direction, but it completely turned in another. It was original and very haunting.The story begins with Zassy as an older woman, reflecting back to her life as a girl of 13, with her mama and friend Jolene. It progresses into how Zassy and Jolene find themselves as part of a new and troubled family. At the center of it are Zassy, Jolene, Frank, and Alice. There are the extremes of light and dark in this book, no [...]


    • I downloaded this to my Kindle as the settings in my native Louisiana piqued my curiosity. I've read at least one review that likens it to "The Help". To an extent, I can come to agreement here. This is the Old Deep South, set in the early 1960's. The text contains plenty of multicultural references and religious undertones. So many issues that were prominent at that time are evident here. The storyline does leave more to be desired, but the references to geographic locations and climates and ge [...]


    • First off, this book was not at all what I thought it would be. I somehow thought it was a non-fiction book, and it is not. That being said, it was an interesting read, however I must warn others that it contained course language (with the occasional F bomb), regular use of the "N" word, and other adult content. Initially as I started to read the book and realize that it was not what I thought it would be, I was going to simply not continue reading the book. But I did.It turned out to be an inte [...]


    • This book captivated me from the very first word with the voices of each of the characters. I felt as though I had been transported back to the racial discrimination of 1917 through 1963. Viewing that discrimination, and the attitudes of each of the characters, made their actions seem real. I figured out quickly where this novel would head given my knowledge of the history of the civil rights movement and, sadly, this book brought that to life as well. This book will transport you back to that t [...]


    • Bayou Jesus by M.G. Miller is an epic tale of the south from the early 1900s to the American Civil Rights era. Zazzy was a young girl when she met the preacher. She bore his son and lost her family at the same time. However, there are all kinds of family. Her son Frank would become the one they called Bayou Jesus and would stir the south like it hadn’t been stirred in many years. Secrets will be revealed and promises broken. But Zazzy will survive.


    • This is a hauntingly beautiful story. I’ll admit this isn’t my usual type of read, but right from page one M.G. Miller had me hooked. His writing is mesmerizing. I couldn’t wait to pick the book up each day. Although the subject matter can be disturbing, I found it to delivered brilliantly. This is one of those stories that will touch you deep down and you’ll never forget it.


    • I'm not sure what kind of magic M.G. Miller used but he drew me completely into this story from the first page. This isn't normally the type of book I would read, but I didn't want to put it down. I stayed up reading it late into the night because I couldn't stop. His writing style is mesmerizing and the storyline was quite compelling. I can't wait to read more from this author.


    • Great writing. I do not usually gravitate to books in the gothic category, but the title intrigued me. I read this on my trip to New Orleans. I actually read the Kindle edition(that choice was not given).


    • "Bayou Jesus" is one of the most beautiful, captivating, un-put-downable books I've read. M.G. Miller is an artist's artist with a profound gift for cultivating characters and stories that touch hearts, challenge beliefs, haunt and entertain. I can't wait for more (and more) from him.


    • Bayou Jesus is disturbing, but in a good way. The characters in this book will follow you for days, if not weeks. M.G.Miller paints a vivid scene and captures emotions like no other. He's truly a brilliant author and I will read all his books.



    • This is one of the most thought provoking, disturbing books I've read in a long time. Brilliant. Beautifully written. Riveting read.


    • Strong themes. Another reviewer used the words I would choose: disturbing, thought-provoking. This is a story that haunts you. A true Southern Gothic.


    • In spite of its title, this is not Christian fiction. Southern Gothic fiction at its finest, literary and compelling. LOVED IT!



    • Enthralling, but ultimately not my kind of book. I enjoyed the first part, but the last third fell flat for me.


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