A jazzman, a wharf worker, a prostitute, all murdered. Wrists
punctured, their bodies impossibly drained of blood. What connects
them? Why are they rising as ghosts?
Marie Levant, the great-great granddaughter of the Voodoo Queen, Marie
Laveau, knows better than anyone New Orleans's brutal past -- the
legacy of slavery, poverty, racism, and sexism -- and as a doctor at
Charity Hospital's ER, she treats its current victims.
When she sleeps, she dreams of
blood. Rain, never ending. The river is rising and the yellow moon
warns of an ancient evil -- an African vampire -- wazimamoto -- a
spirit created by colonial oppression.
The struggle becomes personal, as the wazimamoto is intent on
destroying her and all the Laveau descendants. Marie fights to protect
her daughter, lover, and herself from the wazimamoto's seductive
assault on both body and spirit.
Echoing with the heartache and triumph of the African-American
experience, the soulful rhythms of jazz, and the horrors of racial
oppression, Yellow Moon gives us an unforgettable heroine -- sexy,
vulnerable, and mysterious -- in Marie Levant, while it powerfully
evokes a city on the brink of catastrophe.
Yellow Moon is part two of the New Orleans trilogy that began with
Voodoo Season -- magical realist fiction that takes the legend of the
voodoo priestess Marie Laveau, as imagined by Jewell Parker Rhodes in
the bestselling Voodoo Dreams, into the present day.
by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Atria Books (Simon & Schuster)
Hardcover, 304 pages