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Sean Stewart
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Fusing prophecy, pregnancy and voodoo, Stewart (The Night Watch) delivers a fanciful magic realist tale set in modern-day Houston. After her mother dies, Antoinette ("Toni") Beauchamp receives a "gift she can't refuse": visitations from her mother's personal gods. These gods, or riders, are given access to Toni when her sister, Candy, following instructions left by their mother, feeds Toni a doctored drink. The beverage makes Toni receptive to the gods, who ride around inside her head and use her body to further their own ends. Sickened by this invasion and saddened by the loss of her mother, Toni decides to have a child. The narrative follows the progress of Toni's pregnancy and her struggles to keep the riders in check. Toni's rambling first-person narrative is vivacious and entertaining. The characterizations of Toni, Candy, their beaus and their father shine with humor and a Southern sauciness. Laced throughout are stories about the riders that illuminate their attributes and add an element of dark whimsy to the narrative. This isn't Stewart's most tightly focused novel, but his poignant take on voodoo among middle-class women makes for delicious fun. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

After her mother's death, Toni Beauchamp discovers her true inheritance‘an inner gift that makes her the conduit for a group of "Riders," archetypal gods that possess her at their whim to set into motion their own mysterious schemes. Set in an alternate-Earth reinfused by magical forces, the latest novel by the author of Resurrection Man (LJ 5/15/95) depicts a reality in which even the smallest events resound with import and in which a young woman's efforts to make peace with her past lead her to a confrontation with the conspiratorial spirits that shape her future. Stewart's elegant prose imparts a lyrical feel to this tale that should appeal to fans of subtle fantasy and magical realism. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Toni (Antoinette) Beauchamp
Plain; practical; her mother possessed magic powers which were transferred to Toni when she died.

Candy Beauchamp
Outgoing; charismatic; optimistic; Toni's sister.

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