Review from Midwest Book Review

Louisiana Breakdown
Lucius Shepard
Golden Gryphon Press
3002 East Perkins Road, Urbana, IL 61802-7730
1930846142, $21.95, 1-800-888-4741,,

Louisiana Breakdown is an impressively written and thoroughly entertaining novel by Lucius Shepard that blends superstition and lore with faith, potions, and machinations. When a new figure arrives in a small Louisiana town because his BMW breaks down, he becomes caught up in the town's tradition of appointing a ten-year-old Midsummer Queen every twenty years. A dark fantasy, Louisiana Breakdown is commended as an imaginative and thought-provoking tale of the fantastic.

Midwest Book Review, April 2003


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