Bayou Author:Pamela Jekel From the author of national bestsellers Columbia and Sea Star comes this long-awaited saga of the deep delta country of Louisiana, a stunning tale that spans over a century of turbulent history and takes us inside the hearts and lives of four indomitable, unforgettable woman and the men who loved them. — Olivia ~ a headstrong Ca... more »jun beauty, she defied tradition to marry the man she loved, then seduced him back to her own beloved bayou.
Celisma ~ the hauntingly lovely, fiercely loyal mulatto slave who tended the aging Olivia, them warmed the bed... and the heart... of Olivia's planter son, Samuel.
Manon ~ Celisma'a fiery daughter. She was the first to forsake the bayou culture for the heady night life of New Orleans, and she was destined to love the one man who could never truly be hers.
Zoe ~ convent bred and forced to marry a rich planter, she watched her mother rise to the heights of Creole society, then chose a very different kind of happiness for herself.
From the backwater bayou to the high life of New Orleans and the elegance of the Mississippi River plantations, BAYOU is cotton & the War of 1812, sugar cane & the War Between the States, moonshine & World War I. But above all, it is the story of 4 remarkable women whose paaions drove them to forge a way of life that will never be seen again.« less
This is a unique story about the settlement and changes in the delta of Louisiana.
It is an important work because as well as the human history, Jekel describes the impact of settlement on the environment. In light of the April oil spill in the area, the environment will be changed yet again. A good "old" book is never out of date.