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The Laced Chameleon

Bob Rogers

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ISBN 10: 1626464219 / ISBN 13: 9781626464216
Published by, Inc., 2014
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Title: The Laced Chameleon

Publisher:, Inc.

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Paperback

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New Orleans native Francesca Dumas is a quadroon courted by moneyed white men. She leads a sheltered life of elegant gowns and lavish balls until a bullet shatters her dream world. While awaiting arrival of the Union Navy atop a Mississippi River levee on April 25, 1862, Francesca's lover is shot dead. Rain soaked and blood-stained, Francesca vows revenge. Conundrums confront Francesca: solve her identity crisis, succeed as a spy, and find and defeat a three-time murderer.

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In America, race matters.  Within the artificial construct of race, color and class has mattered for centuries; and for that matter, still matter today.  A new methodically researched novel, The Laced Chameleon, sets forth the story of a young New Orleans woman in a life changing hero's journey during the summer of 1862 that enables readers to witness color and class struggles at the eve of emancipation.  How did she become a chameleon?  Sex between white men and African, Native American, and mixed-race women produced offspring known as mulattos, quadroons, and octoroons.  Mulattos have no white grandparents, but a white parent and an African or Native American parent.  Quadroons have three white grandparents, while octoroons have seven white great-grandparents.
These arranged unions between white men and women of color existed in antebellum New Orleans society by contract in a recognized extralegal system called plaçage. In The Laced Chameleon, Francesca Dumas was a quadroon.  While in a plaçage arrangement, Francesca and her contemporaries were known as placées.  Race and class matter in Francesca's story.
Though this is a work of fiction, the mores, economic, and social options of women of color depicted in New Orleans, and historic events of 1862 are real.  Lists of fictional and non-fictional people mentioned in this work are provided within the book for your convenience. 

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