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Aftermath Lounge Paperback – March 16, 2015
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A recipient of a 2010 NEA Fellowship in literature, a 2010 Fulbright at the University of Pécs in Pécs, Hungary, and the National Author Winner of the 2011 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, Margaret McMullan is the author of six award-winning novels, and editor of the new anthology Every Father's Daughter. She currently holds the Melvin Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing at the University of Evansville in Indiana.
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The Zimmers are only one of the families whose stories are told in this collection of short stories. However, their's is the thread that holds the collection together. It's a story of bravery, and growing, and giving in. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting this family.
The collection of stories captures the triumphs and tragedies that resulted from this terrible event. The author does an excellent job of making the people come alive. Although I'm not familiar with the Gulf Coast. I felt that I came to know the area and the people.
I usually prefer novels to short stories, but the combination of short stories with a continuing set of characters made the book very satisfying. I think the vignettes showing how lives were affected at various positions on the socio-economic spectrum was a very effective way to bring the story of what happened to people after Katrina to life.
I highly recommend this book. If you're a survivor of the hurricane, it's a must read. If you love well done glimpses of people's lives, you'll enjoy this book.
I reviewed this book for PR by the Book.
In this book the author goes life by life showing us how we are all connected and how an event such as this affected differently to various families and individuals.
The writing is excellent and flawless. This author has a gift with words and she manages to drag you into the story and makes you part of it. You can feel the emotions and it’s hard to separate yourself from the book.
This book is a good example of the human condition, of perseverance and hope. It’s a reminder of the strength within us that allows us to overcome even the worst disasters.
Overall, this is a great book based on real facts and events. The passing is steady and the chapters flow naturally. A really good tribute to those who survived and those who perished as consequences of Katrina.
*** I received a complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review. ***
The author does a terrific job with this book! She made it easy to understand the characters as the words flowed easily. She took the stories from the beginning to the end and intertwined them beautifully!
Thank you to PR by the Book for allowing us to review this book.
Aftermath Lounge: A Novel in Stories is a compelling tribute to the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Resurrecting the place and its people alongside their heartaches and triumphs, McMullan creates a riveting mosaic that feeds our wish to understand what it means to be alive in this day and age. The stories are connected by a setting near to the author’s heart—the McMullans’ home, which was originally constructed in 1845 and restored by her father numerous times over the years.
Norma and Donna were a lot like Thelma and Louise. They were two peas in a pod. Always together, always looking out for each other, always looking for trouble. Until one faithful night when everything changed. Donna decided to get behind the wheel, very much intoxicated and when she did she got into a bad accident and lost her life.
Her young 6 month old Charlie is now in Norma's custody along with her husband Sam. They now have an extra mouth to feed and Norma is not too thrilled about the idea. No one in Donna's family can take him so Norma and Sam by be the only hope for little Charlie.
The aftermath of hurricane Katrina is the backdrop for this short story. I believe that the author wrote a compelling piece as it takes us through "real life" and the struggles that everyone has and how even after all of the life goes on, even when it seems impossible.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.
I found the prose absolutely riveting, an author keen on observation of life, keeping these characters afloat in the recesses of chaos. We don't always know what becomes of these characters we've grown so intimate with, but that's part of the illusive beauty of the short story; it's what we *imagine* might happen, and that to me, is the best kind of storytelling.
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[Special thanks to PRbytheBook for the review copy]