the best creativity magazine in the UK, the best book magazine in the UK, the best arts magazine in the UK, the best entertainment magazine in the UK, the best celebrity magazine in the UK, book marketing UK, book promotion UK, music marketing UK, music promotion UK, film marketing UK, film promotion UK, arts and entertainment magazine, online magazine uk, creativity magazine

Sharing is caring!

As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

On The Table Read, “the best book magazine in the UK“, Eileen Saint Lauren releases new book, Goodlife, Mississippi, about a 12 year old orphan, Myra, who longs to meet Ray Charles.

Goodlife, Mississippi

In 1950s and ’60s Mississippi, Mary “Myra” Boone is a Southern girl battling with complex feelings of guilt, loss and segregation. By age 12, she’s already had to persevere through a lifetime of experiences — from watching a housefire of her own making consume her parents, through enduring the prejudices of having been born questionably biracial, to the supernatural religious experiences in the Piney Woods.

Goodlife, Mississippi by Eileen Saint Lauren on The Table Read
Goodlife, Mississippi

Goodlife, Mississippi, from Eileen Saint Lauren, immerses readers in the first 12 years of Myra’s life. The setting begins in the rural town of Meridian, Mississippi, and then moves on to the fictional city of Goodlife, where Myra persists through adversities because of her dream of meeting Ray Charles Robinson and her natural sense of place in the grand scheme of life: her true calling.

Writers Work - Get Paid to Write

Saint Lauren weaves historical truths with magical realism through the constant threading of the ordinary with the extraordinary and supernatural.

Though Myra’s scars — inside and out — will remain, she emerges a young woman of compassion with a self-forged faith in the underlying goodness of the universe and her value in the world.

A Story Of Compassion And Tolerance

It is Saint Lauren’s aim to provoke readers “to contemplate an understanding and tolerance of people whose life experiences and perceptions appear outside the norm though are very real,” she said. “Goodlife, Mississippi’s timeless voices of every color and social class both together reflect the message of compassion, forgiveness and love.”  

Lee Martin, Pulitzer Prize finalist for The Bright Forever, had this to say: “Eileen Saint Lauren has created a memorable character who will linger with you long after the final page. Goodlife, Mississippi is an inspirational book of faith set among the rhythms and customs of a not-so-distant Mississippi.”

Eileen Saint Lauren on The Table Read
Eileen Saint Lauren

Goodlife, Mississippi comes with a Study Guide.

The #1 Writing Tool

Eileen Saint Lauren

Eileen Saint Lauren was born in Hattiesburg and raised in the once two red-light town, Petal, Mississippi. She is an award-winning photojournalist and news and feature writer who worked early in her career as a commentator for Nebraska Public Radio and at Smith College Museum of Art.

After graduating from Jones College in Ellisville, Mississippi, with an Associate of Arts degree in journalism, she continued her education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She then continued on with her education in creative writing at The Washington Center, Duke University, Kansas Newman College’s, The Milton Center, the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

She divides her writing time between Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Madison, Mississippi. She was blind for three years due to back-to-back retina detachments at an early age. Although she did not regain her full sight, she is functional though visually disadvantaged.

Find more from Eileen Saint Lauren now:

For more information, visit Follow her on social media at;;; and

Goodlife, Mississippi

Publisher: Eileen Saint Lauren Books

Release Date: November 1, 2022

ISBN 979-8-9861963-0-5

Available at, and all independent bookstores.

Donate to support The Table Read
We strive to keep The Table Read free for both our readers and our contributors. If you have enjoyed our work, please consider donating to help keep The Table Read going!

Success! You're on the list.

Amazon and the Amazon logo are trademarks of, Inc, or its affiliates.

Sharing is caring!

Leave a Reply