Anne L. Simon



Anne L. Simon was educated at Wellesley College and Yale and Louisiana State University Law Schools, and is a retired Louisiana general jurisdiction trial court judge. She accepts a variety of appointments by the Louisiana Supreme Court, is Appellate Court Judge for three Indian tribes, and Louisiana Court Improvement Fellow for Children and Families. She is the author of Blood in the Cane Field, Blood in the Lake, and Blood of the Believers, crime novels based upon her experiences.

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From the Jasmine Fields of France to the Bayous of Louisiana: When Place Informs Plot
with David Armand, Erin Z. Bass (moderator), Pamela Binnings Ewen, and Anne L. Simon


The Year of Yellow Jack: A Novel about Fever, Félicité, and the Early Years on the Bayou Teche

At the start of 1839, the small, south Louisiana town of New Iberia appears poised for prosperity. Acadian, French, English, and American immigrants have joined Spanish settlers in the area. Steamboats move up and down the Bayou Teche, carrying the products of the fertile land to market in New Orleans. Across the bayou, Hortense Duperier enjoys a privileged life in a grand brick house with her husband, Fréderick, and their three children. Suddenly, Fréderick's untimely death and financial reverses force her to manage the estate on her own. When signs of the dreaded yellow fever threaten an epidemic, Hortense turns to Félicité, an enslaved woman from Haiti. Together, the two women dispense Félicité s traditional remedies, defying the medical practices and social constraints of their time to save the young town.


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