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The Roux in the Gumbo is an emotional and inspirational drama telling the story of a Louisiana family spanning the generations from the era of slavery to the present day. You will hear of the romances, challenges, and adventures they experience as their lives are intertwined by one common goal - basic survival during the Reconstruction era in Louisiana.

©2009 Claudette Kim Robinson (P)2019 Claudette Kim Robinson

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Outstanding Story!

This story brought tears to my eyes. The author Kim Robinson did a wonderful job. I would definitely recommend this story to a stranger. Loved it!!!

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Review of The Roux in the Gumbo by Kim Robinson

After a short dedication to her grandmother, who was the inspiration for this book, Robinson carries us back to the Antebellum South and recounts her familial narrative of tenacity and growth.

She traces the family history through Gisselle (whose salvation and development were nothing short of miraculous), through several fortunes and loss of fortunes before, during and after the Civil War. She describes violent and inhumane acts by the KKK foisted upon the non-whites in Louisiana, at the time.

Inevitably, the family will leave to reestablish itself in California, and a new chapter begins.

Robinson gives a riveting, emotional and occasionally raucous accounting of events. Her characters can be honorable, charming, humorous, vindictive or treacherous...or a combination of these traits. She helps us understand the historical, moral , social and class structures and traditions of French, Indians and Black Americans, including systems of Hoodoo and Placage.

By the time of "Mother", the moniker by which everyone addressed Robinson's grandmother, the family claimed victory in survival and endurance. This book is the opening salvo of that survival story. Stay tuned and excited for more!

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What a book...


From the 1800’s in Louisiana to 1997 California

Experience the history of a family as the author makes you laugh and cry through their adventures.

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“Every Person’s life is like a pot of gumbo, you get out what you put in”

This was one of my favorite sayings from Kim Robinson’s book right from the beginning.

I listened to the Audible version of “The Roux in the Gumbo” and I feel like I was able to get a real feel for the book, with all of the different characters and their voices and situations.

This story is sometimes heartbreaking and hard to hear. What they went through was often horrific! But, there were also a lot of happy points highlighted in the book, as well. Sometimes the difficult parts of the book concerned me about whether I could keep going, but I am glad I did.

I did find it a little difficult to keep up with all of the characters, as there were so many of them, but I think listening to the made that easier for me (versus reading the book) with the distinct voices.

The fact that she was able to create this novel from all of her elders stories through the years was truly amazing and a work of art.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for fair and honest review.

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Did not enjoy the narrators reading. Not well read at all. Story did not flow well.

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  • 05-29-19

A great inspirational read. A great family story.

A story I could not put down. totally compelling from start to finish. I would highly recommend.

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  • jo Casey
  • 08-27-19

terrible naration completely monotone

I was so excited to listen to this book after it was recomended to me. I am a creole and my family comes from Louisiana. I have heard a million times "my gumbo is the best. my secret is in the roux"
so when i started listening to the book. I struggled listening to the narrater who spoke in a complete monotone and barely took a breath between sentences. I listened for perhaps 20minutes but it didnt change.
WHY WHY WHY? How hard was it to get a professional narrater to read this book? Im shocked at just how much the narrater spoiled the book. If it is possible to get a do over the publisher should totally try another narrater. Theres heaps of out of work actors trying to get work. PLEASE! from what I did listen to the book would have been great. I would have been put to sleep though if I listened much longer. I usually listen for hours while I cook, sew, do housework, relax in the sun and drive. So I've always got a book on the go.
This was a sad result. Im shocked the publisher listened to a sample then agreed to go forward. Unbelievable!