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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Love, Loss, and Lagniappe: A Love Story That Defied the Laws of Nature is a literary fiction novel written by Richard Robbins. It was spring of 1982, and Drew was enjoying being a part of the Admissions Office tours that showcased the Tulane University campus to junior and senior high school students and their families from across the country. He was in his second semester as a freshman now, and he somehow felt so much older than those high school students were. Drew and his friends knew that fraternizing with any of the prospective students was strictly forbidden, and he ordinarily had no problem conforming to that, but then something strange happened. It wasn’t just her eyes, which were the most amazing color, or the way she looked. The attraction he felt to the girl from Virginia went much deeper than that. He was in a daze as he guided her group through their tour and rushed through the next one in the hopes that he would be able to see her again. Her group had already left, however, and, besides, he knew the rules about not making contact. But something about that momentary connection stayed with him. She was the ideal compared to which each girl he met while in college invariably paled.
Richard Robbins’s literary fiction novel, Love, Loss, and Lagniappe: A Love Story That Defied the Laws of Nature, is a sweet and enthralling tale about two lovers whose chance meeting resonates with each of them for years. Robbins is the consummate guide to Tulane University and New Orleans, and I loved getting to know that city through his story. While I’ve read travel guides about New Orleans, somehow following Drew as he showed “his city” to Kate helped me get a bit closer to the magic and mystery of that historic place. The plot is engaging and unpredictable in the best of ways, and the character study of Drew is unforgettable and profound, especially his time spent on the road and on the Appalachian Mountain Trail. Love, Loss, and Lagniappe: A Love Story That Defied the Laws of Nature is most highly recommended.