Ken Wells grew up in the Cajun enclave of Bayou Black, Louisiana. He has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist and is a senior writer and features editor for Page One of The Wall Street Journal. He lives with his family outside Manhattan. Wells has been to Octavia Books twice for book signing events (for Junior's Leg and Logan's Storm).
Fifteen years after he tormented fellow students at Catahoula Bayou School, Junior Guidry is broke, drunk, one-legged, and living in a wreck of a trailer on the edge of a snake-infested swamp. He's survived an oil-rig accident that would've killed most men but, with the help of a good lawyer, made him rich instead.
Fifteen-year-old Meely LaBauve is growing up on Catahoula Bayou and living by his wits. Not since Huck Finn rafted down the Mississippi has there been a coming-of-age story like this, told in such an utterly authentic unlettered American voice.