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)
I really loved this book. Just after listening to it for the second time. So little is really known about Marie, but walking through the French Quarter I realized New Orleans is a place where Marie would have belonged. Whoever she was, New Orleans certainly remembers her. If you are interested in historical fiction about the south and particularly New Orleans you will really enjoy this book.
"Colorful verbal illustrations..."
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.
"A bit course, but interesting."
This is one of those listens that is a great story, but not always an enjoyable read. There are many course and caustic characters and events that make it a rough story to enjoy at times. Overall, though, I enjoyed learning and experiencing this story and would love to read more on both the topic and by this author.
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.
"A most moving and necessary read."
I loved this book from start to finish. The charcter development is great, the complexity and exploration of history and religion moved me and provided a rationale for the behavior of the characters. Beautiful read.
"Horrid. Shame. "
I've tried 3 times with this book. This last time I tried for hours & hours. The subject matter held promise. But this was horridly awful. Just awful. There's was this constant promise of mystery and intrigue. But nothing has been delivered after hours and hours of endless hours of dribble. Shame.
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