From the jacket
Lauré Beaudine is the daughter of Jules Beaudine, a famous Shakespearean actor of the 90's. Her mother died when she was small, and she has been raised by her mother's sister, Aunt Judith, an extremely strict person who hates everything to do with the theater. She is especially opposed to Lauré's ambition to become a famous actress. At the opening of the story Lauré is ready to rebel.
In the mid 1890's, Jules Beaudine's company is playing in New York, and Lauré goes backstage to see him and persuade him to take her away from her aunt. He is planning a trip to the city of his birth, New Orleans, decides to take Lauré along, and they arrive some weeks before Carnival time.
In the gracious home of the Drummonds, Lauré meets Cole Drummond, a young man who is apparently having some mysterious disagreement with his father. She also makes friends with her Creole grandmother, and visits her home in the old French Quarter, the Vieux Carré, and in doing so finds her "roots" and a sense of family. A warm friendship develops between Lauré and Grand-mere 'Toinette and a deep love between Lauré and Cole.
This is the story of a girl who, after discovering that she was after the wrong goal, eventually finds what she is really seeking.
Jacket design by Bill Hamilton
The Westminster Press
Library of Congress Card Catalog No. 59-9466
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