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Wading Home: A Novel of New Orleans Paperback – September 24, 2010
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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 rhythm...as 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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There were a lot of lines worth a neon highlight in this book, but this is my favorite one:
"Life did not stop. No matter how much you wanted it to. No matter what happened to you, no matter how much you lost and how much you hurt about what you'd lost, you still had to get up in the morning, go our there and do it again."
Rosalyn Story seems to be really living up to her family name. She writes with just enough of everything. Not too much drama; comic relievers are not misplaced; love demonstrated in a more feeling way than just via scenes in the bedroom; a prose just wordy enough such that the story does not get lost among too much adjectives. And the life lessons; her book is full of these, they make it very inspiring.
I have already put 'More Than You Know' in my wish list, and I will definitely be looking out for whatever will come next.
Although I am not from New Orleans, my heart still aches for the devastation that was experienced with hurricane Katrina. This book captured the spirit of the city and resident that experienced the worst.
The characters of the Fortier family and friends, are a perfect vehicle for the story of tragedy and survival. The spirit of the settings of both New Orleans an Silver Creek are described with the skill of a master trumpeter and a master chef. The characters are both familiar and intriguing. The author has a great talent for realistic dialogue.
I will be looking for more from Ms. Story.