Honors for Voodoo Dreams:
1993 Selected for Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” series
Recorded Books, LLC, 2002 (Audio Distinction/ Earphones Award)
“Bewitching…a character of vast dimension and feminine power.”
“An overwhelming journey navigated with skill and imagination…captures the dazzle and showmanship if voodoo.”
“I had a great time reading Voodoo Dreams. Marie is the most interesting character in American culture. Jewell Parker Rhodes did a wonderful job painting the possible picture of the Queen of Voodoo. I loved it.”
“Voodoo Dreams is filled with searching…and mystery. Jewell Parker Rhodes has cast a spell of a novel; each page contains language as vibrating as the city of New Orleans. If Marie Laveau still lives it is because Rhodes has been touched by her spirit. This book will make a believer out of everyone.”
“This first novel is full of tangible atmosphere and vivid detail. It is a fevered, gripping dream.”
In Voodoo Dreams, Marie Laveau invents her self; cut off from her mother, from her past, and from her faith, with only her visions to guide her, Marie grows into the mantle of her power through great pain and hardship. In many ways Marie’s journey is an allegory for my own life. My art, my writing became my avenue for exploring what it means to be black, what it means to be a woman, what it means to be a mother.
Morgen La Civita has recently written a song inspired by Voodoo Dreams. The song, Pretty Marie, is part of the CD compilation “Love Song to New Orleans” which donates portions of its proceeds to various Katrina relief causes.
More information about the compilation album and its influences can be found at the Love Song to New Orleans website.
You can listen to the song below. To download it, or if you cannot play back the embedded file, please click here.
See the WomenWriters.net August 2008 Special Issue on “Serving The Spirits: Women & Voodoo in Literature and Popular Culture”, including the following on Voodoo Dreams:
- Hearing, Writing, and Reading Voodoo: Cultural Memory in Jewell Parker Rhodes’s Voodoo Dreams and Voodoo Season
- Spirited Women: Conjure and Female Empowerment in Jewell Parker Rhodes’ Voodoo Dreams and Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon
- Women & Voodoo: A Conversation with Jewell Parker Rhodes with Kameelah Martin Samuel
Carey Weeks’ painting Shreveport Celebrates The Written Word — (click image to open full-size in new window)