A Mardi Gras love story sprinkled with voodoo magic, Knee Deep is a coming-of-age memoir about the power of love to transcend death and disaster
Named after a hurricane, Camille is the rebellious sixteen-year-old daughter of a New Orleans bar-owner who grows up in the shadow of Bourbon Street, raised on stories of hauntings, lusty encounters and voodoo magic. And even though her family loses their home in a hurricane, she counts herself among the lucky until she discovers that her eighteen-year-old neighbor whom she secretly loves goes missing in the storm.
In Camille’s own words:
This is the story of what happened to me on Fat Tuesday, how I ended up on the steps of St. Mary’s, the hem of my pirate’s petticoat soaked in somebody’s else’s blood. Although I know the story to be true, I don’t totally believe it myself. Like all good tales born out of the bayou, mine involves the dead, the living and the one trapped in the brackish waters between heaven and hell. It is the story of true love and true disaster, and at the end of it, I’ll leave it up to you to decide which is the harder to survive.
Camille’s story unfolds as a Mardi Gras memoir, one girl’s journey through the parties and the parades as her community comes together and rises up from the chaos following the devastating storm.
Praise for Knee Deep
“Hoeffner takes the gumbo of New Orleans’ people and culture and mixes them into something wonderfully unexpected. Her love for the city and her characters sings on every page.”
– David Clawson, author of My Fairy Godmother is a Drag Queen