Navel of the Moon
As a longtime reader of New Orleans fiction (for more than 20 years I was the book editor for The New Orleans Times-Picayune)… Navel of the Moon is a timeless book in the sense of offering that great coming-of-age moment wrapped in a compelling and memorable story, I find the setting especially delightful and well done. Lagasse draws on the rich ethnic makeup of our city, the loving way inhabitants deal with one another, the pitfalls that beset us on every side, without ever falling into the clichés that all too often are front and center in novels set in the Crescent City. One of the things I love most about this book is that it gets New Orleans just right... Lagasse manages point of view admirably. Vicky Lumiere [protagonist] is faced with difficult moral choices and she struggles to come down on the side of right and conscience. She manages to be both street smart and just naïve enough to have the reader completely on her side from the beginning.