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.
"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)
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Colorful verbal illustrations...
- Melissa "Counselor with eclectic taste, I enjoy all types of fiction, dark, strange and twisted things, humor and explicitly."
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.
- Heather Turiello "I'm a voracious audiobook listener, rarely found without my iPod."