Blue Camellia Author:Frances Parkinson Keyes Here is Frances Parkinson Keyes' greatest bestseller. It is a superb saga of the turbulent era of the pioneering South -- of wild, stubborn men who fought to tame a land and the beautiful, courageous women who struggled to tame them both.
Blue Camelia is one of Mrs. Keyes novels of the Louisiana Cajun country (There are several). This one introduces the reader to the rice producing region. If you enjoy this, read its sequel Victorine (AKA The Golden Slippers). Her novels of the Cajun country overlap the era of Kate Chopin and bring us further from where she left off. In many ways they will foreshadow those of Ernest Gaines. The blue camellia becomes the holy grail of her central family of farmers. Along its trail you will be enchanted with her interpretation of Louisiana plantation culture, the rice industry, and Cajun society folkways and mores. And, dont forget their wonderful cuisine, a she gives it full treatment reminiscent of what she did in Dinner At Antoines.