The Ballad of Corey Robichaux is the story of one of those guys.
The setting is Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, in the late 1980s, with much of the story taking place in the communities of Lockport, Larose, and Galliano. The book begins when Corey is in the ninth grade at Larose-Cut Off Junior High and finishes as Corey graduates from South Lafourche High School.
Corey's hobby is music, and he plays in a garage band with his friends Matt Pierce and Blake St. Pierre. The rock and metal music of the 1980s will transport those who grew up then back to those years.
Corey must also deal with the social structure of high school, his family's expectations of him, and the looming end of childhood and beginning of adulthood. Music, sports, video games, and relationships all play a role in Corey's growth, while the situations and locales in The Ballad of Corey Robichaux will resonate in their nostalgia and familiarity.
There are a many kids who grow up along the Bayou and want to escape from the Bayou someday. I was one of those kids and, when I did move away during my U.S. Army enlistment, I discovered that I wanted nothing more but to return. Things are different here than it is elsewhere -- days aren't a blur of insignificant moments, people don't flit through your consciousness like unfamiliar ghosts, and time seems to run slower. That's the secret of the Bayou that you don't learn until you're not on the Bayou anymore, and it's what draws you back.
Mike shares with Jill a tale of youth, hope, and tragedy, involving himself and the bottle. From his glory days as Mikey Steel, football hero, to the dark days of the bottle, Mike reveals a life he chose to keep secret, filled with regret, guilt, and dread. Unable to completely escape the influence of the bottle, Mike finally confronts what he has always known -- his destiny lies with the bottle.
The follow-up to "The Ballad of Corey Robichaux," "Lord of Redemption" returns to the Bayou Lafourche area of southeast Louisiana and introduces the location of Cypress Grove. As in Ballad, the music and culture of the 1980s forms a soundtrack and backdrop to Lord, with some history and Cajun flavoring thrown in for good measure.