From the author: Rhodesia Jackson - My New Orleans
New Orleans has changed. I had this discussion one night last year at a quaint dinner gathering with academicians. It was a lovely evening. I, perhaps being the only non-coworker present along with my husband. Seated to my left an English professor, and to his left, a sociologist. I soon found myself engage in an intriguing discussion with my closest neighbor, who also happened to be a jazz dj, about the COOL Period of Jazz. Meanwhile, the other started a heated discussion at the table about "ReaL" New Orleans.
He was talking all kinds of "stuff" like New Orleans exists according to the individual, delineating there is no real New Orleans. I asked where he was from. He answered, Brooklyn. Everyone around the table laughed. You don't know, I said. In defense of my position, I drew on my earlier discussion of the COOL: That actually, New Orleans is in that COOL period where it has masked its emotions like the jazz musicians of the 1950s and 60s. Which lead me to another discovery and why Pecan Candy and Huck-a-bucks is so important.
This story encapsulates a period filled with nostalgia of what "Real" New Orleans was like for us in the 1980s. We were at the height of what represented tradition (locally owned business institutions - Schwegmann's, K&B, musical families, still in the "neighborhoods"). Since the levee breach during hurricane Katrina, there has been an unraveling, dismantling of what New Orleans was. There are those of us who are holding on. We came back. For this is why you haven't heard from me in five long years. I am barely returning to where I left off before the disaster happened. Needless to say, I am here and perhaps this is the journey I was told I would go through before this book would become all that it is capable of achieving.
This is the Great American Novel. Loyal readers have always known this and I'm, somewhat like the blind, feeling my way to this realization. Without the destruction of New Orleans, would I really know what this story means? Thank you so much for embracing and treasuring Pecan Candy and Huck-a-bucks, Sweeter Than Candy and Three Times Sweeter: Love, Home and Family. As the spy boy calls for his Big Chief at Mardi Gras, "Make way," the story cometh! Because of you, this Candy Trilogy lives.
Pecan Candy and Huck-a-bucks. 1992.
Sweeter Than Candy. 1996.
Three Times Sweeter: Love, Home and Family. 1998.
Rhodesia Jackson is the author of the popular trilogy, Pecan Candy and Huck-a-bucks, Sweeter Than Candy and Three Times Sweeter: Love, Home & Family. She earned a BA in communications/print journalism from Loyola University in New Orleans with more than 22 years of communications experience. Ms. Jackson has worked broadly throughout the industry on both national and local levels. Combing writing and promotional skill, Jackson has provided clients with public relations, advertising and event support. She served as an Artist-in-Residence at Southern University at Baton Rouge in the Honors College from August, 2001- May, 2002 and has received numerous recognitions, awards and acknowledgements:
- Naval Reserve Information Systems Office.
- National Women's History Award. 2000.
- Certificate of Appreciation.
- City of New Orleans. 2000.
- Proclamation. New Orleans City Council. 1997.
- Spirit Award. Loyola University. 1988.
Ms. Jackson treasures her visits with school students, library audiences and troubled groups. She is married and is the mother of four children. She is currently producing her screenplay, The Tradition into a feature film and planning a writing school for young people.
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