Voodoo Dreams: A Novel of Marie Laveau

Voodoo Dreams: A Novel of Marie Laveau

by Jewell Parker Rhodes

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New Orleans in the mid-nineteenth century is a city overflowing with white aristos, black creoles, and African Slaves, a city that pulses with crowds, with commerce and with the power and spectacle of the voodoo religion. At the center of the ritual is Marie Laveau, the notorious voodoiene, worshipped and feared by blacks and whites alike. Marie's followers claimed that she walked on water and sucked poison from a snake's jowls, that she raised the dead and murdered two men.

Voodoo Dreams is the spellbinding story of the woman behind the legend. Raised by her Grandmère in the Louisiana bayou, Marie ventures to New Orleans and begins a journey of self-discovery, hoping to find her lost Maman and understand the visions that haunt her dreams. Instead, she runs headlong into the brutality of slavery and oppression and into the arms of John, the voodoo doctor who promises to teach her what Grandmère will not. As she falls under his spell, John sweeps Marie into a world of voodoo ceremonies, of drama and manipulation, and of sometimes terrifying power. A mesmerizing combination of history and story telling, Voodoo Dreams was Jewell Parker Rhodes first novel and a B&N Discover Great New Writers selection.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016576077
Publisher: Jewell Parker Rhodes
Publication date: 04/08/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 114,499
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Jewell is the author of six adult novels (Voodoo Dreams, Magic City, Douglass' Women, and the Marie Laveau mystery trilogy, Season, Moon, and Hurricane), two novels for children (Ninth Ward and Sugar) and several non-fiction books. Her work has won many awards, including the American Book Award, a Coretta Scott King Honor award, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. She is the founding director of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University.

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Voodoo Dreams: A Novel of Marie Laveau 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Delves into voodoo queen Marie Laveau. This book is set in New Orleans in the early 1800's. Marie is exploited & abused before she embraces her powers. This is the first book on Marie Laveau written by Ms. Parker.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this as a quick read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tried the sample and it just seems everything is all over the place. You want to understand what you are reading. Not go back 3x
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome read, about to start the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book and not knowing what to expect. But I was thrown into a world of voodoo slavery free blacks and upper class whites of the South. I love the fact that she was able to speak not only of African American religion in reference where we came from but also how religion impacted us once we arrived in the new world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An enchanting book! Could not put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book