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Wonderful tribute to New Orleans and its people,
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This review is from: Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans (Kindle Edition)
Nine Lives is a beautiful story that follows the lives of nine New Orleanians. It starts in the 60's, when Hurricane Betsy was the "big storm" of the time. I've always heard of Betsy growing up, how devastating it was and how my grandpa had to rescue his 5 kids out of their house by walking with each one on his shoulders through the murky water.
The story then meanders through events in each person's life passing years and decades, it's a little hard to keep up with the characters at first but once they're introduced and you know their back story, it's hard to put the book down.
Then there's Katrina. This part was really hard for me to read (through tears) but it was heartbreaking and very moving.
The characters are all real people that the writer had met while covering Katrina for The New Yorker. A stoic Mardi Gras Indian chief, a transsexual bar owner, a coroner, these are but a few of the people we read about. I understand that this book is currently being developed into a musical for Broadway. I hope that happens because these stories should be heard.