Critical Praise for Corina’s Way

Kirkus Reviews

“In the tradition of Flannery O’Connor or John Kennedy Toole: a welcome romp, told with traditional Southern charm.”

Publishers Weekly

“First-time novelist Davis captures the essence of New Orleans with a blend of voodoo, gangsters and, of course, plenty of jazz and gospel music. Davis nails the complicated racial and religious stew that makes up bayou culture, and his witty, fast style perfectly complements the clever premise.”


“Davis combines religion, voodoo, New Age philosophy, and good old-fashioned capitalism, greed, envy and a host of other unsavory motives in his entertaining first novel. “

Southern Living, August 2003

“Mix a little voodoo ritual, a little love, and a little hate, and you have one intriguing novel.”

Capital City Free Press, May 2003

“…a triumph in Southern storytelling…Davis’ pen leaks wit and cunning on each page…a beautiful stroke of fiction.”

San Antonio Express News, June 1, 2003

“…a charming guide to a world most of us will never get to visit.”

Biloxi Sun-Herald

“…[Rod Davis] is the literary heir to Walker Percy and John Kennedy Toole. Corina’s Way begs for a sequel.”

The Times-Picayune, July 27, 2003

“With nods to both Walker Percy and John Kennedy Toole…the perfect offering.”

Augusta Magazine, June 2004

“Davis works everything together to create a wonderful book of a type that is very hard to pull off, one that is both laugh-out-loud funny and full of satirical insights into the ways we are shaped by our cultures.”, online, June 2004

“It said that all Southerners are insane, but charmingly so. If you believe that (or know it to be true first hand), then you will be delighted with Corina’s Way, as well those readers who grooved to the Zydeco beat of The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood or movies like “Eve’s Bayou”…The perfect mixture of love and hate, voodoo and economics, this is one bright and sizzling novel to keep you interested until the very last page.”, online, 2003

Corina’s Way mixes spirituality, sex (there are a few sloppy-wet bits), commerce, politics, love, vengeance, music and redemption in a palo pot fit for any of the santos…and it contains the most rational explanation I’ve ever seen for how someone can believe deeply in Christ and at the same time in other spiritual forces.”