Gigi Series, written by Dennis Ward, is published by San Souci Books, an imprint of University of Louisiana Press
Gigi, a fun-loving Jewish girl about to marry a Louisiana Cajun soldier at the end of World War II,
reminisces about the war years and her family’s struggle to survive them. Gigi’s impeccable world of loving family, friends, and her plans to attend art school is shattered as the German army approaches Paris. Along with millions of other refugees, the family takes the decision to flee the advancing Nazis. Marked as rich Parisian Jews, her family is subject to people’s scorn while the French Republic crumbles around them.
During the next four years, they will endure isolation, starvation, deportations of family and friends, and the horrors of the gestapo.
Despite living through the grim realities of war, Gigi emerges from girlhood adolescence to become a beautiful young woman with a monumental sense of humor and lightness of being.
Sometimes comic, sometimes tragic, Mademoiselle Gigi is an emotional rollercoaster that takes the reader on a page-turning journey from pure joy and laughter to despair and tears.
Gigi’s indomitable spirit will inspire and capture your heart. Dennis Ward’s debut novel is based on the true life events of Gisele “Gigi” Carriton.
Madame Gigi is based on the true life story of the late Gisèle “Gigi” Carriton.
Set in the carefree, changing times of the 1960s and 1970s, Madame Gigi (the sequel to Dennis Ward’s debut novel, Mademoiselle Gigi, is based on the true life story of the late Gisèle “Gigi” Carriton, owner of the infamous gay nightclub, Chez Gigi. In an era of emerging gay rights and culture, Gigi’s Parisian style cabaret shows, full of local music, bawdy drag queens, and campy live acts are wildly popular with gays and straights alike. Gigi hires a down-on-his-luck bartender, the handsome ex-football player Clarence Dupuis, to protect her employees and clientele.With her new right-hand man and her trio of headliner drag queens—Miss Deau, Miss Marie, and Miss Fancy Fontenot, Chez Gigi develops a reputation as the hottest club in the south. However, all is not well in the Cajun heartlands.
Having barely survived the Nazi occupation of France as a young Jewish girl, Gigi once again finds herself fighting against the forces of evil and intolerance.
King Firsen, a powerful man with his eye on the governor’s seat, enlists vicious thugs to attack the club and run Gigi out of Lafayette. Gigi fights tooth and nail to keep her club open and her gay friends safe, but she extolls a high price for the battle.