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"I missed Faby when the story ended as if I were saying goodbye to a new friend. I look forward to Elizabeth Gauffreau's next book." ~Reader Review
A fascinating and clearly well-researched read, replete with beautiful prose and keen observation, I can't recommend this novel highly enough." ~Reader Review
Telling Sonny is a coming-of-age novel set in the 1920s, when much of vaudeville had devolved into the Small Time. Not so for Faby Gauthier, a naïve girl from the small village of Enosburg Falls, Vermont. For Faby, the annual vaudeville show that comes to the village is worthy of the Great White Way itself.
Pretty and vivacious, Faby catches the eye of Slim White, America's self-proclaimed Favorite Hoofer. She spends time with him during the week of the show's run in hopes of learning first-hand how it feels to perform on the vaudeville stage.
On Slim White's last night in the village, seduction would appear inevitable, and Faby succumbs. Her desire to forget her lapse in judgment is not to be, however. In a misguided to attempt to do the right thing, Slim White marries Faby on a whim and takes her with him on the vaudeville circuit.
Little does she know that in a few short months, she will learn the true meaning of Small Time, setting her life on a path she never imagined.
“In Telling Sonny, Elizabeth Gauffreau has woven a debut novel with many richly colored thematic threads. What is true intimacy? What are family and belonging? What happiness is ever guaranteed? What is the attraction to celebrity? How have choices for women changed over the years?” ~Amazon Reader
“The last chapter left me surprised and more emotional than I expected. Gauffreau’s first novel shows a deep level of story and character development, and I look forward to her next book.” ~Amazon Reader
“ . . . Gauffreau brings us through the innocence of childhood to the mysteries of adulthood and all the feelings one encounters in a genuine awakening. In our #metoo point in history the story is a reminder of how class, sexuality and expectations were different. There is the underlying truth in this story that family matters and that community cannot be understated as important in our lives.” ~Amazon Reader
“I was completely immersed in Faby’s story and was sad when I finished the book. That is the best compliment I can give to an author!” ~Amazon Reader
“Gauffreau manages to recreate a lost world of the 1920s, polishing every detail of each scene until it shines with clarity. Gauffreau’s writing style successfully marries the direct nature of contemporary writing with a more graceful syntax that befits the time period. . . ” ~Amazon Reader
Elizabeth Gauffreau writes fiction and poetry with a strong connection to family and place. She holds a B.A. in English from Old Dominion University and an M.A. in English/Fiction Writing from the University of New Hampshire. Her fiction and poetry have been published in literary magazines and several themed anthologies. Her debut Poetry collection, Grief Songs: Poems of Love & Remembrance, was published in 2021. Liz lives in Nottingham, New Hampshire with her husband. Linktree