This group is for people who like to read a variety of genres from mysteries to biographies, to classic literature and beyond. We are eclectic in our reading choices and also in our meeting venues. We get together once a month over drinks and dinner at different locations. We sometimes call ourselves the "foodie book club" because we like to explore different places to eat around town and adjacent areas. We discuss all kinds of topics from current events to personal stories, and yes of course, we also discuss books.
In the days before the Civil War, there lived in New Orleans the gens de couleur libre - copper-skinned half-castes, liberated by their owners, but confined by their color to a life of political nonexistence and social subordination. Still, an aristocracy would emerge in this society: artist, poets, and musicians, plantation owners, scientists and craftsmen whose talents and reputations would extend far beyond the limits of their small world.
Mega-selling author Anne Rice's probing, lyrical style sweeps us into their midst as she introduces Marcel, the sensitive, blue-eyed scholar, Marie, his breathtakingly beautiful sister, whose curse is to pass for white; Christophe, novelist and teacher, the idol of all young gens and stunning Anna Bella, whose allure for the well-to-do white man would become legend.
Here is a compelling and richly textured tale of a people forever caught in the shadows between black and white.
“There are two kinds of flowers when it comes to women,” Eve said. “The kind that sit safe in a beautiful vase, or the kind that survive in any conditions . . . even in evil. Lili was the latter. Which are you?”
This book brings together two incredibly different women; one, a female spy recruited in WW1 for the Alice Network to spy on those involved in the occupation in France during 1915. The other, an unconventional American socialite, pregnant, and in search for her missing cousin who disappeared in France during WW2. It is 1947 when the two women come face to face, both with a connection to ghosts that they are chasing.