Spanning six decades of the 1800s, this mesmerizing story is a fictional biography of Marie Laveau - one of the most haunting characters in New Orleans’ history. Part of a long line of voodoo priestesses and healers, Marie tells of the mystery, passion, and violence that pattern her life. Like her grandmother, Marie sees visions from an early age. She never knew her mother, who practiced a spiritualism so potent she was murdered by those who feared her. When Marie becomes a healer, she discovers a supernatural force that can channel the power of her ancestors. But it is a ferocious force driven by both life and death.
Author Jewell Parker Rhodes has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts and is a professor of American literature and creative writing at Arizona State University.
©1993 Jewell Parker Rhodes (P)2001 Recorded Books, LLC
"All the ingredients of a bewitching read - atmosphere, adventure, mystery, and romance - as well as enough intellectual substance to give it a satisfying heft." (Kirkus Reviews)
Counselor with eclectic taste, I enjoy historical fiction, supernatural and satire...among others. Favorite Book Quote; "...God loves us, but the devil takes an interest"~Alexandrine Paradis
Excellent character development I truly enjoyed the tone and pace if this story. This is a colorful legend and the author did wonderful job with the verbal illustrations that translated effortlessly into the tapestry of all the story entails. The narration was sublime as well. I highly recommend this title to anyone who enjoys historical fiction with fare, a little raunch and a whole lot of soul.
perhaps it was the faux accent, who knows. I found this book intolerable. Restarted half a dozen times, haven't gotten past the 3rd or 4th chapter.
Just returned from a trip to new Orleans and I think to book captured the feel and history of this unique city.
I enjoyed witnessing Marie grow in her personal strength.
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