Told through the narrative voice of Lena, Eulalie's shamanistic cat, the fast-paced story comes alive. The approach is fresh and clever; Malcolm R. Campbell manages Lena's viewpoint seamlessly, adding interest and a unique perspective. Beyond the obvious abilities of this author to weave an enjoyable and engaging tale, I found the book rich with descriptive elements. So many passages caused me to pause and savor. 'The air...heavy with wood smoke, turpentine, and melancholy.' ' ...the Apalachicola National Forest, world of wiregrass and pine, wildflower prairies, and savannahs of grass and small ponds... a maze of unpaved roads, flowing water drawing thirsty men...' '...of the prayers of silk grass and blazing star and butterfly pea, of a brightly colored bottle tree trapping spirits searching for Washerwoman...of the holy woman who opened up the books of Moses and brought down pillars of fire and cloud so that those who were lost could find their way.'"
- Rhett DeVane, Tallahassee Democrat
"A simply riveting read from beginning to end, 'Eulalie and Washerwoman' is very highly recommended for both personal reading lists and community library General Fiction collections. - Julie Summers, Midwest Book Review
"Narrator Tracie Christian's spirited style is ideal to portray the fantasy world of conjure woman Eulalie Jenkins and her shamanistic cat, Lena, who live in Florida in the 1950s. Christian captures Eulalie's shock when she learns that Jewish merchant Lane Walker, who's always traded fairly with the local African-Americans, is being forced to give up his store to the Liberty Improvement Club, which forbids serving blacks. Lively descriptions of Eulalie reading possum bones and casting spells; tender scenes with her old beau, Willie Tate; and feline Lena's communication with Eulalie via secret thought speech add to the local atmosphere. S.G.B. © AudioFile 2017
About the Author
Malcolm R. Campbell is the author of seven novels, including one comedy/satire and six within the contemporary fantasy and magical realism genres. His short stories include the paranormal Emily’s Stories, Cora’s Crossing, Moonlight and Ghosts, and The Lady of the Blue Hour. A three-story collection of folk tales, The Land Between the Rivers, is set in the Florida Panhandle not far from the settings used in Conjure Woman’s Cat and Eulalie and Washerwoman. His work has appeared in The Lascaux Prize 2014 Anthology, Spirits of St. Louis: Missouri Ghost Stories Anthology, Quail Bell Magazine, A View inside Glacier National Park: 100 years, 100 Stories, Future Earth Magazine, The Smoking Poet Magazine, Nonprofit World Magazine, Nostalgia Magazine, and Living Jackson Magazine. Campbell lives on a north Georgia farm with his wife and three cats.