A neglected piece of history that deserves to be known
Jun 5, 1998
Like several of the previous reviewers, I too have read this book at least three times since it's publication and am fascinated by the free people of color. This was indeed an eye-opener and though I found it hard to swallow the fact that blacks were enslavers themselves, this novel helped me put it all in perspective. I know many people of creole descent, but very little was ever discussed regarding their heritage other than speaking of family members that they know that have passed for white and assimilated into the white race. It could be many of them especially the younger ones know very little of their history and the part they played in literature, the arts, and craftsmanship. When I was asked to name my favorite all-time book, Feast of All Saints was at the top of the list.
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Dera R Jones Williams (dwillwrite)
Dera is a writer, editor, genealogist, writing mentor, researcher, and family historian, and she is active in local literary and national literary circles. She is the keeper of family stories, archivist … more
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Before the Civil War, there lived in Louisiana, people unique in Southern history. For though they were descended from African slaves, they were also descended from the French and Spanish who enslaved them. In this dazzling historical novel, Anne Rice chronicles four of these so-called Free People of Color--men and women caught periolously between the worlds of master and slave, privilege and oppression, passion and pain. "Anne Rice seems to be at home everywhere....She makes us believe everything she sees." THE NEW YORK TIMES