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The following is an excerpt from American Butterfly. It tells of a
Southern Grandmother’s love for America and her teaching about Independence Day.

My grandmother, Lausanne Wayles Trenton, was the matriarch of the family and the glue holding us all together. She moderated the war among her children. She bridged the generations.

Grandmommy orchestrated a special night for each grandchild. It included a birthday trip to buy a toy at the Lowensteins department store. She was the adult who connected with my sister, telling her to “put her thinking cap on” before Angelina would play another miracle card game of…


J. Andrew Shelley is the author of the novel, American Butterfly. A very personal family story about bridging the trenches of America’s Culture War.

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