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With the lyricism she was lauded for in More Than You Know, Story has crafted a post-Katrina New Orleans from a fumy cloud of sad jazz and Creole spices. Though this time out her descriptive lushness meshes uneasily with the patchy, if intense, tone and plot. After the storm, Julian Fortier, a successful trumpeter, returns to look for his missing father and ends up dealing with drama: family land is threatened by developers; a past betrayal is dredged up; he's confronted with a failed romance. Amidst all this he navigates his devastated city, confronting the emotional and professional mess of his life both present and past and the more immediate problems left by the storm. Everyone he encounters is boldly drawn, and Julian's father is fantastically sympathetic, but Julian himself, the sulky center of it all, only drags things down. Readers will feel a palpable sense of frustration as plotlines sag after initial tension and the pathos and beauty of the Big Easy becomes abstract, explained more than evoked. Story has created a fine narrative web, peopled it with some skill, and brought her style and grace to the page, but none of these elements feel complete. (Sept.) (c)
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"New Orleans natives struggle to recover their lives as well as their property after Hurricane Katrina.... Story’s musical background infuses her novel with a lyrical engaging characters rebuild their relationships and their city. The current oil-spill crisis only makes the hopefulness of this novel more moving, if heart-wrenching."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Agate Bolden; First Edition edition (September 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932841555
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932841558
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,032,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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88 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Mme.Meek on December 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
I read ""Wading Home"" expecting to have a good read since I had read Rosalyn Story's first novel and enjoyed it. But I was surprised to find myself deeply enthralled in it as it was a wonderful read that had enough intrigue to keep me wanting to turn each page, enough history to feed my love of that subject and just the right kind of romance that didn't have me thinking "oh no, I've heard this tale before'! Rosalyn hits the ball directly over the fence with her sophomore novel in that her research was obviously done with care and her characters are developed sufficiently to make the reader want to know more about them as their lives unfold throughout the novel. I love New Orleans and the historical complication of the place so you might say the author had me with her choice of setting. But it's because I love New Orleans that this was a book that could have made me lose interest immediately if the "feel" of it weren't just right. I know the city pretty well and Rosalyn captures the "feel" of it and the south Louisiana area perfectly. With the focus of so many writers who are currently writing about New Orleans centering on the tragedy of Katrina, it was almost refreshing that, although Katrina certainly played a major role in "Wading Home", Rosalyn doesn't rely on the reader's sympathetic ear to the horrors of Katrina to carry her storyline. Instead she weaves a wonderful story about the loss of Black land to unscrupulous White landowners, This storyline unveils a historical wrong perpetrated on numerous Black farmers and landowners in the South and that's only recently been rectified by Congress to some degree with the passage of the bill to make compensation available to families affected.Read more ›
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By JG on December 7, 2010
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How can one do justice to a book that is such a pleasure to read? Ms. Story has created a compelling narrative with characters so real and interesting in vivid settings that allow the reader to "be there" with the characters. Ms. Story entwines her true to life Hurricane Katrina novel with suspense and hope, despair and wisdom, healing and love- all spiced throughout by her unique descriptive wordings. This a heartwarming and quick reading fiction.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Judy Prouty on February 7, 2011
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I admit I would not have ordered this book were it not free. Just a brief description convinced me that it would be a predictable post-hurricane, sad, maudlin, girly book. Wading Home is none of those things. For the heck of it I "bought" and started to read it expecting to delete the book quickly. What did happen quickly is that the language caught me up. What one reviewer reproduced as laughable I found evocative and altogether engaging. The book is, as promised, about family, but family in a larger, more complex sense than who begot whom. There is an extra delishishness in the description of New Orleans food. And the music. And the not-like-any-other-place physical beauty of the area. All those things are brought to life and woven among the story lines in a most satisfying manner. I look forward to reading more of Rosalyn Story's work.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By L. Romich VINE VOICE on January 27, 2011
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Wading Home by Rosalyn Story is the tale of family and their roots. During that
fateful day in New Orleans, when Hurricane Katrina hit and broke the leeves, the
whole town was flooded.It left folks with their homes washed away, hanging on
for dear life on the rooftops of their homes or literally trying to wade to a
higher ground. Those that got out were the fortunate ones. Many others lost
their lives on the horrific day leaving a town washed away.

Julian Fortier is a successful trumpeter, who has traveled around the world
making a name for himself. He returns to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina to
look for his father, who is among the missing. The one thing that keeps
replaying in Julian's mind is the last conversation he had with his father,
where it led to him hanging up on him. Julian is guilt ridden by this. Not
knowing if is father is dead or alive is nerve-wracking to say the least.
None-the-less Julian will not stop his search until his father is found either

Wading Home by Rosalyn Story was a touching and beautifully written novel. It
made me feel like I was right there in Louisiana, with the smells of the Creole
dishes cooking and the sounds of the Jazz playing within the background. The
characters had their own voices and made one feel the pain that they were going
through. Ms. Story does an excellent job in weaving this tale together. I would
definitely recommend this novel to others.

This novel was provided by the publisher for review purposes.

Reviewed by Leona
APOOO BookClub
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By JD on December 8, 2010
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WADING HOME is an engaging lyrical story of the life of a family trying to recover from Katrina's disastrous force. Love, in all its many forms, is a constant throughout the book as Ms Story weaves a story of despair, hope, wisdom and family bonds. Food, music and the beauty of Louisiana will keep the pages turning as Story's descriptive style draws you into New Orleans. The reader can actually see and smell the aftermath of Katrina as well as taste the food while reading! An easy flowing read that will engage you in the first few pages so that you won't want to put it down until completed.
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