Southeastern author to perform reading April 5

Monday, April 4, 2016 David Armand
by: Rene Abadie

     HAMMOND – David Armand, an award-winning novelist and Southeastern Louisiana University English instructor, will perform a reading from his new memoir, “My Mother’s House,” at the university’s Writing Center on Tuesday, April 5, at 2 p.m.
     The Writing Center is located in room 210 of D Vickers Hall. The reading is free and open to the public.
     Set in the South of Armand’s youth, “My Mother’s House” recounts the author’s early memories of being born to a schizophrenic mother, then given up for adoption, only to be raised in a home with an alcoholic and abusive step-father. In the autobiographical work, he attempts to paint his seemingly negative experiences with a sympathetic and understanding brush.
     “A gut-wrenching personal narrative of family love and loss, ‘My Mother’s House’ is the compelling story of Armand’s relationship with his mother and also a penetrating critique of the American mental health system,” said Sheryl St. Germain, author of “Navigating Disaster.” “I recommend it to anyone interested in learning what it’s like to lose someone you love to mental illness.”
     The book is available through Amazon and other booksellers.
     Armand is the author of the award-winning novel “The Pugilist’s Wife,” and has written two other novels, “The Gorge” and “Harlow.”

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