City of Refuge

City of Refuge

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In City of Refuge, a heart-wrenching novel from Tom Piazza, the author of the award-winning Why New Orleans Matters, two New Orleans families--one black and one white--confront Hurricane Katrina, a storm that will change the course of their lives. Reaching across America--from the neighborhoods of New Orleans to Texas, Chicago, and elsewhere--City of Refuge explores this turning point in American culture, one whose reverberations are only beginning to be understood.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 403 pages
  • 132.08 x 198.12 x 27.94mm | 317.51g
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061673617
  • 9780061673610
  • 654,610

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In the heat of late summer, two New Orleans families--one black and one white--confront a storm that will change the course of their lives.

SJ Williams, a carpenter and widower, lives and works in the Lower Ninth Ward community where he was born and raised. Across town, Craig Donaldson, a Midwestern transplant and the editor of the city's alternative paper, faces deepening cracks in his family. When the news of the gathering hurricane spreads--and when the levees give way and the floodwaters come--the fate of each family changes forever.
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Review quote

"While the characters...are fictional and the events are real, Piazza makes it feel like it is the other way around. His heroes brim with life, while the city's destruction feels otherworldly. ...a tribute to what was, and how to go on from here."--New York Post
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880 ratings
3.98 out of 5 stars
5 27% (238)
4 49% (433)
3 19% (167)
2 4% (38)
1 0% (4)
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