An absolutely beautiful book in a spooky, eerie, magical realism way. It's just full of the flavor of New Orleans (or at least, how I think of New Orleans) with Hoodoo women, ghosts, magical catfish, and the birth of Jazz. Most of the characters have a dark side, which they show frequently, but even so, most of the characters are quite likable. Even those not likable are interesting. The story twists and turns around itself, much like the eddies in the swamps and bayous, and ends up in a place quite different from where it started. I quite enjoyed it.