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Loyola counselor publishes first novel

October 14, 2011

Loyola University New Orleans Financial Aid Counselor Michael Barrera published his first novel, “So Shall We Pass,” in August.

“So Shall We Pass” is a short fictional novel about siblings running away from their dilapidated farm and negligent father in Texas to the excitement of New Orleans.

“Growing up in Texas, I always had a romanticized vision of New Orleans as one of the most fascinating and unique cities anywhere,” said Barrera, who is originally from Houston. “Given the fact that it is driving distance from central Texas, I figured this would be one of the top locations for my characters to run away to. In many ways, I too have run away to New Orleans. I left behind the fast-paced world of east coast corporate law to find a more balanced lifestyle where I can more fully cultivate my talents,”

“I am so happy for Michael on the publication of his first novel. It is receiving great reviews and I know that he will continue successfully to cultivate his literary talents,” said Vice President for Enrollment Management and Associate Provost Sal Liberto. “As an institution that celebrates the ‘whole person,’ our community is uniquely positioned to encourage all of our members – students, faculty and staff – to express their creativity.”

“So Shall We Pass” is now available online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble and will be available in local bookstores in November.

For more information about “So Shall We Pass,” contact Barrera at 504-865-3367 or mbarrera@loyno.edu.

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