The Hurricane

The Hurricane : One High School Team's Homecoming After Katrina

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In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina pummeled the lower end of Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, a peninsula housing one of the nations most isolated, vulnerable, and vital counties. A year later several ravaged communities came together to form South Plaquemines High. Kids who were former rivals defiantly nicknamed their football team the Hurricanes and made the 2006 state playoffs. In 2007, South Plaquemines set its sights on a state championship. The Hurricanes used a trailer as a makeshift locker room and lifted weights in a destroyed gym that had no electricity. For the players, many of them still living in FEMA trailers, football offered a refuge. Bestselling author Jer Longman spent two seasons following the team. In The Hurricanes, the teams journey provides a lens through which to view the legacy of Katrina, the cycle of poverty in rural America, and the attempt to maintain traditions in the face of uncertainty. Football is a familiar remnant of the way things used to be-and a sign of hope in a place of disaster.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 152.4 x 236.22 x 35.56mm | 657.71g
  • INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
  • PublicAffairs,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 158648673X
  • 9781586486730

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"New Orleans Times-Picayune," October 18 "Longman combines a great sports story with a telling human saga...Longman knows the culture, and he beautifully spins his tale of sports triumph into something grander, a chronicle of Louisiana life, a plea to save the wetlands, an examination on the demands on these young men and their families in the wake of horrific disaster." "The Shreveport Times (LA)," October 31, 2008""The Hurricanes" [is] an addition to a growing legacy of books relating to Louisiana high school football and perhaps the most poignant."show more

About Jere Longman

Jere Longman, a sportswriter for The New York Times who has written about sports for over thirty years, grew up on the Cajun prairie in Eunice, Louisiana. Jere is the author of the New York Times bestseller and Notable Book, Among the Heroes: United Flight 93 and the Passengers and Crew Who Fought Back, The Girls of Summer, and If Football's a Religion, Then Why Don't We Have a Prayer? He lives in Philadelphia.show more

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