John Hart is your father…

The news is seared in Edie White’s brain when AncestryDNA sucker-punches her at work in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Author Jeremy White’s wife, who was raised by a loving adopted family, had altruistically submitted a sample in hopes of healing an unknown woman’s nearly fifty-year-old wound. The Little Girl at the Bottom of the Picture: A Journey of Selfless Discovery immersively reveals how the resulting bombshell propels the two college sweethearts into this beautifully epic, transformational adventure that resolves a trio of daunting mysteries, including one plaguing an enthusiastic horde of gangster-adjacent Ukrainian Americans for two-thirds of a century.

Decades-old front page of "The Daily Reveille" features hands of a White man and a Black man mingling their blood.
Chapter 11: Gus Tabony
Edie White rests her right cheek against Jeremy White's chest as she peers out of an unseen airplane window.
Chapter 15: Touchdown Seattle

Literally overnight, the baby of Edie’s adopted family becomes the eldest sibling in a new, amazing family, fathered by a pacifist cited in two books for challenging David Duke at LSU with a bloody knife. Jeremy and Edie travel on COVID’s eve to Seattle, Austin, Chicago, and California wine country to meet her far-flung new folks, some of whom see her as a wonderful expansion of their incredibly loving families. Others see her as a bona fide miracle. And at least one person considers Edie the answer to a long-secret prayer that she didn’t expect to receive until the afterlife.

Mr. Bingle dolls flank an empty fiasco bottle. An inscription on the lower basket portion reads, "11-30-70 to 12-1-18, Hearts full, (heart) Edie."
Chapter 31: Red Letter Day

Edie’s selfless agenda is the heart of this powerful story of healing, and sets it apart from other works about similar searches. Our reluctant hero successfully dodges all the traps that could have turned this unicorn of a real-life family saga into a darker version of the insane yet heartwarming tale that it is. With a smattering of bittersweet moments, The Little Girl is heavy on happy reunions, including a mind-blowing, poetic parental reunion of sorts, one involving a local bookstore, no less. Transcending issues of genealogy, The Little Girl appeals to readers seeking empathy in a divided land, and authentic beauty in an increasingly ugly world.

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About the Author

Jeremy White wearing an upside-down tiara with an orchid over his right ear, chin resting in his left hand
Chapter 17: Bothell

Jeremy White is a tenured cynic who penned a hopeful book. He founded South Louisiana’s premier satirical publication in 2004, eight years before relaunching the award-winning Red Shtick Magazine as its all-digital progeny, The Red Shtick. The comic-turned-writer created and produced Baton Rouge’s first and only weekly stand-up open mic for years, during which Jeremy hosted and produced The Red Stick Comedy Block, a locally broadcast, weekly half-hour TV show featuring area comics performing before live audiences around town. The passionate Cajun can often be heard on various popular radio shows as either a guest or a guest host. A longtime football official and Mardi Gras krewe captain, Jeremy earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at LSU, where he met his wife, Edie. They’ve been happily married since 1992 and live in Baton Rouge with their cat, Waffles.

Praise for The Little Girl

The Little Girl at the Bottom of the Picture is a compelling narrative of family and love. Authored by Jeremy White, this chronicle of his wife’s discovery of her biological family is told from the perspective of a loving husband who takes this unusual journey with her. While DNA technology has certainly unveiled the mystery of many previously unknown biological families, this heartwarming rendering shows that a balance can be achieved between adopted and biological families and that we truly have enough love within us to embrace the old and the new with equal fervor. Edie’s story is about understanding, forgiveness, and compassion, spiced with humor and adventure. A must read for anyone who enjoys a true-to-life love story.
Susan D. Mustafa, New York Times best-selling author

Jeremy White’s The Little Girl at the Bottom of the Picture is delightful—a detective tale wrapped in a poignant story about the discovery of a new family. On one page, you’ll laugh; the next, you’ll cry. But on every page, you’ll find love and grace.
—Robert Mann, author and professor of mass communication at LSU

The author expresses this remarkable story of family connections with energy, humor, warmth, and lots of love. A joyful read!
David Aretha, award-winning author

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