Michael W. Hull is the author of the new novel, Jefferson Parish. A 100,000-word work of literary fiction, Jefferson Parish is the coming of age story of Matthew Laurent.
Matthew, a young idealist living in an unideal world faces the harsh realities that life so often has instore. Never one to give up on what he believes is right, Matt struggles to find his way.
Jefferson Parish is the story of Matthew Laurent, a white boy growing up in the post-desegregated south. And while the laws changed in the south, it didn’t change everyone’s attitude.
After the death of his older brother and struggling to make sense of the world he occupies Matthew would befriend a new classmate, a black boy named Jamal. A meeting that would seem fortuitous in the moment but through time would prove anything but.
Both Matthew and Jamal would eventually achieve their goal of leaving the Parish, moving on and experience more than they could ever imagine. Though, inevitably they would find themselves back in Jefferson Parish dealing with events they never could have foreseen.
Jefferson Parish is the story of family, by blood or other, racial intolerance, friendship and most of all forgiveness.
Michael was born and raised in Fall River, Massachusetts. The son of an electrician and a computer networker, he worked in the electrical field among others for many years before returning to college.
In addition to a B.A. in political science , Michael has been working towards a Masters in History. Over the years Michael has been appointed to numerous state boards and committees as well as sitting on a number of non-profit boards. In 2010 he interned for the White House Commission on Remembrance.
Over the years Michael has volunteered his time and donated to numerous charities that are close to his heart. Below are just a few of Michael’s primary non-profit efforts.
Michael has partnered with Herren Project, a non-profit organization that provides free resources and support for those effected by substance use disorder. For each sale of Jefferson Parish, 10% will be donated to Herren Project.
For more information on Herren Project please visit https://herrenproject.org/
Depression & Suicide Prevention
Addiction Prevention & Recovery
- Higher Education
- Short Story Contest
Top 5 Favorite Books:
1. To Kill a Mockingbird
2. The Sun Also Rises
4. The Alchemist
5. The Hours
Tope 5 Favorite Films:
2. The Godfather
3. Lawrence of Arabia
4. Pulp Fiction
5. Schindler’s List
Story telling effects all of us. Whether it's a song or a short story, a film, Broadway play or a novel, we all search for stories that are compelling and that have characters who are relatable. For some of us, we connect with a song that takes us back in time to a special place. For others, we connect with a specific character in a book or film. The connection humans create with art is intrinsic and brings us closer together as we realize we are all far more alike than we are different.
For the past ten years Michael has been writing stories that have entertained, troubled and inspired him. And now, he is ready to start sharing them with the world.
For the past twenty years Michael has traveled the globe seeing some of both man and God's greatest creations.
When looking for some urban adventure, a few of Michael's favorites are Paris, London and Bangkok. They are each unique in their own way but yet all offer the variety of a major city. For some outdoor excitment, a safari in Tanzania or a whitewater rafting excursion down the Urubamba River in Peru will always fill the need.
One doesn't have to travel to Rio to get some great Brazilian barbeque. Living in a melting pot that is the United States affords us countless culinary options. Though, given the option, I'll take Rio.
The thrill of eating something new in a far off land is a feeling not like any other. Whether eating in a small family run restaurant in Naples or from a street cart in Southeast Asia, these very personal experiences cannot be reproduced locally.
The soul needs nourishment to flourish, and a varied diet of both food and experiences will help to fulfill that need.