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Celestial Blue Skies

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4.38  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  12 reviews
In Belle Place, Louisiana, where the sugarcane grows a mile high to the bright blue sky, Celeste struggles with her mentally ill mother, Tut, and works with her grandmother Maymay to hold the Creole Bastille family together. Celeste has bigger dreams for her life, and is falling for the handsome and wealthy Vashan. But, when Tut runs away to live with the man she met worki ...more
Paperback, 206 pages
Published April 28th 2014 by Battered Suitcase Press (first published April 27th 2014)
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Terry White
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Growing up in Louisiana in a small town and a creole family, I was able to relate to this book of course it had the boudin, crackling, hot crawfish and crabs, the sugar cane and the Zydeco music that we Creoles love, but most of all it had the love of family Maymay is like so many creole women I know. She holds the family together durning a crisis.
If I could tell the author anything, I would tell her thank you for writing this book because it reminded me of the love that I had with my Grandmot
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Angie Sandro
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book felt like coming home. I loved the sensory details the author used to describe the setting. Often, it was poetic and I marveled at the beauty in her words. The author made me feel the rain on Celeste's skin, smell the rich earth, and hear the sugar cane stalks blowing in the wind. This people became very real. It was as if I knocked on their door and walked into their home. Some people I liked, and some I didn't. But I still loved them because they were family. If you enjoy learning ab ...more
Philip Newey
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
What do I know about the life of white people, black people and ‘high yellers’ in Louisiana in 1985? Not a great deal. Here in this book I find myself involved in the life of a community and a family in Belle Place, Louisiana, a sugar-cane-growing region.

There is Grandmother Maymay, T-man, her husband, Mother Tut, their daughter and T-red, their son, married to Bumblebee. Finally there is Celeste, the eldest of Mother Tut’s children, twelve years old at the opening of the novel.

Mother Tut and Ce
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Marilyn Diamond
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a fictional story set in the Bayou of Louisiana in 1989. Picture, country gravel, unpaved roads. It’s a one traffic light town set in Bell Place, Louisiana by the Bayou. My sister-girls and I could have been bred and raised in Bell Place, USA. Belle Place can be any fictional city in the South. Some of the major players include Maymay, the Bastille matriarch, married to T-Man. T-Red, the only son of Maymay and T-Man. Tut (Theresa Bastille), the only daughter of the Bastilles. In the Afri ...more
Bobbie Groth
Celestial Blue Skies by Maggie Collins, Review by Rev.Dr .Bobbie Groth

Underneath and around the rows of sugar cane growing in Belle Place, Louisiana, is a world pinned to the map only by the dramatic fluff of modern television comedy shows and the sweet taste of commercial candy. But this is a town that exists out of time, one that plays by rules of the human heart steeped in a primordial stew of Creole history, story, language, and what us outsiders might call in our ignorance superstition. Wha
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Ellen Smith
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am truly amazed by this book. I love books set in the South because they often evoke such a fantastic sense of setting. Maggie Collins is a master of description. As I was reading, I often forgot where I was and felt I had been transported to Belle Place, Louisiana!

The Bastille family is at the heart of this book, and I truly felt that I understood each member of the family, their frustrations with each other, their desires, and how much each of them wanted to make the family proud again. I f
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sue
Dec 12, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maymay is a great character in this read.

Its quite a quick read, read this in one sitting. Its family based and stems around Creole woman and family life that I tried to get into. I have no knowledge of what kind of life with sugar canes and Zydeco music music, but I learnt a little bit through reading this.

I thought the author did a good job. I enjoyed it, it was an OK read.

If you are looking for a nice easy read, this is the one.
Jenny Santiago
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Looks like a good book
Venise Jacobs
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Sky Belongs to Celeste

I usually read romance novels and decided to read something else for a change. Celestial Blue Skies was definitely different. We see the story unfold through the eyes of Tut and her daughter, Celeste in a rural town in southern Louisiana. The sky and everything in it belong to Celeste.
Melanie Adkins
Oct 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Belle Place, Louisiana is a small town. They grow sugar cane as tall as trees there. Family comes first here. They look after one another and live by a strict code of conduct. Check out this family story.

This is a very deep book. It delves into the lives of one family in the south. How they live and work. I found it to be drawn out unnecessarily. The writing is good and the characters are good. I found my attention swaying from the story at times because it repeats itself. This book will make y
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Mattie
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The author does an excellent job in showing unique Creole culture in Louisiana. It a must read book and I enjoyed reading the book. You will not be bored.
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Maggie Collins was born and raised under the clear blue skies of Loreauville, Louisiana. She majored in English at the University of Louisiana and later earned a Master's degree from the University of New Orleans.Her novel Celestial Blue Skies was shortlisted for the Earnest Gaines Award. An excerpt of this novel was published in "Louisiana Cultural Vistas" and was a 2009 finalist for the worldwid ...more