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The Witch of Bourbon Street

A Novel

Suzanne Palmieri


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Situated deep in the Louisiana bayou is the formerly opulent Sorrow Estate. Once home to a magical family-the Sorrows-it now sits in ruins, ever since a series of murders in 1902 shocked the entire community. Now the ghosts of girls in white dresses shift in and out of view, stuck in time as they live out the past on repeat.

When Frances Green Sorrow is born carrying the "signs" of the so-called chosen one, it is believed she will bring her family back from the brink of obscurity, finally resurrecting the glory of what it once was and setting the Sorrows ghosts free.

But Frances is no savior.

Fleeing from heartbreak, she seeks solace in the seductive chaos of New Orleans, only to end up married too young in an attempt to live an ordinary life. When her marriage falls apart shortly after having a son, she returns home again-alone-just out of reach from the prying eyes of her family. But when her son disappears, she is forced to rejoin the world she left behind, exposing her darkest secret in order to find him and discovering the truth of what really happened that fateful year in the process.

Set amidst the colorful charm of The French Quarter and remote bayous of Tivoli Parish, Louisiana, Suzanne Palmieri's The Witch of Bourbon Street is a story of family, redemption, and forgiveness. Because sometimes, the most important person you have to forgive.... is yourself.

Praise For The Witch of Bourbon Street: A Novel

“Part ghost story, part mystery, Palmieri's latest is a tale about the power of love, forgiveness and family legacies that is both haunting and uplifting... each scene is drenched in atmospheric details, making the eccentric chaos of Bourbon Street and the damp mysteries of the bayou as alive as any of the cleverly named supporting cast. The use of multiple voices, including historical documents, will immerse readers in the world of the story and the eerie legacy of one remarkable and powerful family.” —Romantic Times

“[Palmieri's] strength lies in the fullness of her vision, immersing readers in the heat and noise of southern Louisiana. Fans of Paula Brackston and M. J. Rose will enjoy this story of redemption, self-preservation, and the power of shared history.” —Booklist

“Suzanne Palmieri is quickly becoming a standout star of magical fiction. The Witch of Bourbon Street may just be her best yet. Haunting and beautiful, you'll find yourself captivated by the exquisite setting, and the Sorrows themselves. A must read.” —Sarah Addison Allen, New York Times bestselling author of First Frost, Lost Lake, and Garden Spells on The Witch of Bourbon Street

“Few writers can create the richly atmospheric worlds of Suzanne Palmieri's fiction or bring to life such compelling characters. Caught in the ghostly half-life between their own bad choices and their tragic history, the Sorrows inhabit a mystical, mysterious world where time is distorted and redemption becomes imperative. A family saga that will linger with readers like the lost souls of the bayou. Palmieri's best so far.” —Brunonia Barry, New York Times bestselling author of The Lace Reader and The Map of True Places on The Witch of Bourbon Street

“About the lies we tell, the love we struggle for, and the way we find our way back to our rightful place in the world, Palmieri's book is a stunner.” —Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You and Is This Tomorrow on The Witch of Belladonna Bay

“Ms. Palmieri's authentic dialogue, and ability to paint a family in crisis, is both charming and layered. If you're a lover of Southern fiction, magic in its many forms, and the kind of storytelling that keeps you turning the pages, you've come to the right place, y'all.” —Lesley Kagen, New York Times bestselling author of Whistling in the Dark on The Witch of Belladonna Bay

“Magic weaves its way through this beguiling southern gothic, swirling from the moss-laden trees around the Big House through the misty and menacing Belladonna Bay, and settling into the hearts of Bronwyn and her niece, Byrd, whose Strange Ways most people just don't understand. Reminiscent of Sarah Addison Allen's Garden Spells, this bewitching tale of ghostly mystery, love and family ties will enchant you from the very first page and linger in the air around you long after the last.” —Wendy Webb, bestselling author of The Fate of Mercy Alban on The Witch of Belladonna Bay

“All of Suzanne Palmieri's novels cast a spell, and The Witch of Belladonna Bay is no exception. Palmieri delivers a rich and magical story about the two most powerful forces in life: family and love.” —Elin Hilderbrand, author of Beautiful Day on The Witch of Belladonna Bay

“Suzanne Palmieri has crafted a riveting tale that will keep you up late at night guessing what will happen next. It is a story that will intrigue both male and female readers. Guys, don't let this one slip past you.” —Jason Mott, New York Times bestselling author of The Returned on The Witch of Belladonna Bay

“Palmieri's enthralling debut will make adult readers nostalgic for beloved books from their childhoods. Abundant with secrets, hidden passageways, magic and several enchanting mysteries, it'll keep you on the edge of your seat until the end. The magic and witchcraft elements are subtle, enhancing the over-all effect of this clever, beautiful novel.” —RT Bookclub on The Witch of Little Italy

“In her debut novel, Palmieri has combined romance and mystery, folklore and psychology to create a jigsaw puzzle of family secrets and tragedies, losses and loves, guilt and forgiveness....Entertaining.” —Kirkus on The Witch of Little Italy

“Charming and enchanting—The Witch of Little Italy drew me in from page one.  A magical story of family, secrets, loss and rediscovery written in beautiful prose and sprinkled with effervescent characters you won't soon forget.  Palmieri nimbly blends the past and present to concoct a delicious spell of a story that will appeal to fans of Sarah Addison Allen and other fabulously entertaining novels.” —Karen White, New York Times bestselling author of The Beach Trees on The Witch of Little Italy

The Witch of Little Italy is a warmly enchanting debut that will have you believing in magic and craving homemade Buccatini Amatriciano.” —Susanna Kearsley, New York Times author of The Winter Sea, Mariana and The Rose Garden on The Witch of Little Italy

“I was utterly enchanted from the first page, and found myself continually marveling over the effortless grace with which this story unfolded. The Witch of Little Italy is a complex, richly textured tale that practically sings with magic, and I know Suzanne Palmieri has a long and brilliant career ahead of her. In a word: I was charmed.” —Donna Ball, award winning author of The Lady Bug Farm series on The Witch of Little Italy

“An enchanting debut, Palmieri's plot makes for a wickedly good read!” —Melissa de la Cruz, New York Times bestselling author of the Blue Bloods series on The Witch of Little Italy

The Witch of Little Italy had me spellbound from the very start. Suzanne Palmieri has created a poignant, beautiful tale of love, magic, history, and family where all are deeply connected and interwoven.” —Joanne Rendell, author of Crossing Washington Square and The Professors' Wives' Club on The Witch of Little Italy

“A mystical family secret hidden in a spicy Italian stew.” —Kelly Simmons, author of Standing Still and The Bird House on The Witch of Little Italy

St. Martin's Griffin, 9781250056191, 336pp.

Publication Date: June 30, 2015

About the Author

SUZANNE PALMIERI is the author of The Witch of Little Italy. She also writes as Suzanne Hayes and lives with her husband and three daughters in New Haven, Connecticut.