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Lena, a shamanistic cat, and her conjure woman Eulalie live in a small town near the Apalachicola River in Florida’s lightly populated Liberty County, where longleaf pines own the world. In Eulalie’s time, women of color look after white children in the homes of white families and are respected, even loved, but distrusted and kept separated as a group. A palpable gloss, sweeter than the state’s prized tupelo honey, holds their worlds firmly apart. When that gloss fails, the Klan restores its own brand of order.
When some white boys rape and murder a black girl named Mattie near the sawmill, the police have no suspects and don’t intend to find any. Eulalie, who sees conjure as a way of helping the good Lord work His will, intends to set things right by “laying tricks.”
But Eulalie has secrets of her own, and it’s hard not to look back on her own life and ponder how the decisions she made while drinking and singing at the local juke were, perhaps, the beginning of Mattie’s ending.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Conjure Woman's Cat?
The moment when I realized that I wasn't sure that magic wasn't real.
What does Wanda J. Dixon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
She had the perfect voice for this story. She helped shape the visuals of my inner movie.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Both. I loved the main characters, especially Lena's take on humans, and really, REALLY disliked the persecutors in this story. I also loved the forgiveness at the end; I myself was rooting for the raccoon to shoot them all.
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I received this audiobook free in exchange for an honest review.
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This listen should be required reading for every high school student in the United States today. This is an unvarnished, but delicately told, story of what it was like to grow up during the time of Jim Crow laws and at a time when the KKK was a strong, driving force not only in the South but in government at a national level as well. It is told in an honest way with little of the loathing toward all white people prevalent in society today. Horrible things happen in this story. Horrible things that no doubt happened daily during this time period. But Eulalie is an inspiration as she assists God make things right. Did things work out this way in real life? Probably not very often, if ever. But that is not what I got out of this story. What I understood and felt was the dignity that was Eulalie in the face of all that she endured in her life. Some of it her own responsibility and some of it was at the hands of people that should have been given the death penalty for their crimes. But, in the end, was a solid core of faith that no amount of horror could take from her. That is what I understood at the end of this audiobook.
My hat is off to Wanda Dixon as the narrator as well. She brought this story to life in a way not many could.
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This book was from the point of view of a cat? I am not a lover of cats so right off once I realized the cat was the one talking it was a real turn off for me. If you love talking animals than this is the book for you.
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Was narrated perfect ,love the enthusiasm ! Great story line was very interesting , sometimes alittle hard to keep up with . Enjoyed the book.would download another one.
Conjure Woman's Cat was a cute story told (I think) from Lena the cat's POV. I liked the character CW (Eulalie) and the other characters were fun also. She does root work or folk magic and I thought that was pretty neat. I thought there were many fun parts to this story, especially when she says how mad she gets when a disrespectful person makes her spit.
Wanda J. Dixon did a good job narrating this story. I liked her bubbly voice and she made this story fun. She had good voice inflections which added to it as well.
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