Crescent City Author:Belva PLAIN Nothing in miriam Raphael's life has prepared her to cope with the terrors of her present situation. Brought by her doting father from their ghetto in Germany to this beautiful city, this "jewel in the river's crescent", Miriam has been raised in the lap of idle luxury. The Raphael household is full of nothing but the finest treasures from Eur... more »ope. The family associates with the creme de la creme of New Orleans society. So marriage to Eugene Mendes-one of the city's rising stars-seems the perfect end to a charmed girlhood.
But Miriam's brother, David, banished from the family home for his outspoken sympathies with the North, and their childhood friend Gabriel Carvalho, who has adored Miriam since she was a little girl, both sense that all is not right in the Mendes household. And their suspicions are correct. For indeed Miriam, a proper matron and mother of twins, cannot bear her husband's slightest touch. Or admit that she has worldly opinions and ambitions of her own.
It is Andre Perrin, Miriam's handsome and gallant lover, who opens up for her the world of true romance. But it is the undying devotion of both David and Gabriel that enables her to find new strength as she becomes engulfed in the tragic wave of war.« less