Saturday Comes: A Novel of Love and Vodou
by Carine Fabius
With an insider’s intimacy author Carine Fabius dispels the religious, social and cultural stereotypes and myths shrouding her native Haiti in an atmospheric coming-of-age tale that pits the bourgeois Chenet family against the impoverished Saint Fleurs – their live-in cook Jizzeline and her young daughter Maya. Driven to despair by her abusive employer, Jizzeline secures her daughter’s passage to Miami in a makeshift boat, spiriting the girl away from the monstrous Monsieur Chenet and his son Sylvain, a childhood ally. Washed ashore, near death, and unable to locate her aunt, Maya is adopted by Madame Mirta, a practicing vodou priestess, who teaches her young apprentice the good aspects of the craft. But Maya’s forced estrangement leaves her fixated on revenge against her mother’s tormentor. Summoning Baron Samedi (Lord of Saturday), Maya decides Sylvain must pay for his father’s transgressions.
Loved Saturday Comes’ many distinct and unique voices; and its insightful and original take on vodou and its practitioners, and an (Haitian) immigrant's sojourn, one that is rarely portrayed with such depth, dignity and sensitivity. Filled with a multicultural cast of quirky characters you’ll either love or hate, Fabius’ tightly woven, imaginative tale kept me reading late into the night. Baron Samedi, also known as Father of Death, commanded my attention, and disrupted my dreams, as this story of lust, love, magic and hatred spun out of control. How accurate are the vodou rituals? I wondered. I suspect, or at least I'm hoping, there's more in store for Maya Saint Fleur, her brother Lionel, and Detective Valentina Ruiz. Read this fast-paced, page-turner with caution, for Fabius is a master storyteller.