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.
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by Jewell Parker Rhodes
by Walter Dean Myers
by William Loren Katz
by Marcus Major
by Virginia Hamilton
"The power of voodoo and its ability to survive one who would use this for his own glorification lies at the core of this fictionalized biography of Marie Lauveau. Touching on racial imbalances in 1800 New Orleans, it focuses on bringing alive a religious tradition that took root in the New World by being passed from mother to daughter. Peter Francis James's voice is filled with the power of his characters. The melodic cadences of West African speech, the flat accent of a transplanted Yankee, and the drawl of the white, decadent native of New Orleans are just some of the techniques he uses to set his characters apart and enliven the story. James catches the essence of the frenzied worship of Lauveau's followers as they chant her name. He portrays the fear and insecurities of this voodoo queen, who grows from a young girl unsure of her power to a powerful woman. This production gives the listener the pleasure of hearing a powerful and intriguing story read by a master. J.E.M. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine"
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