The Feast of All Saints Author:Anne Rice The new novel by Anne Rice, author of the highly acclaimed Interview with the Vampire, explores a unique but little-known society, the gens de couleur libre, free people of color, who flourished in New Orleans in the years prior to the Civil War. History has buried this proud race, yet in their shadowy world - neither black nor white - an aristo... more »cracy rose among them. Artists, poets, sculptors; men of wealth, education, distinction; and a species of beautiful quadroon of women whose allure for the wealthy white men of the Louisiana became a legend.
Against a backdrop of the raw sensuality, violence, and vigor of the French Quarter of the 1840s, Anne Rice has woven a passionate tale out of the lives of these people, and in particular, the coming of an age of an astonishing copper-skinned, blue-eyed youth, Marcel, and his beautiful sister, Marie, who could pass.
A novel peopled with some of the most splendidly realized characters in contemporary fiction, it is a profound and absorbing work of literature.
The docks, the slave market, the quadroon balls with violins piercing the night air in three-quarter time, the opera, the glamour which all seems doomed and ephemeral, are part of the Belle Epoque of America's French capital. At a time when some eighteen thousand gens de couleur thrived in New Orleans, they shared at least one blessing with all mankind--that they could not know the future.« less