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  1. City of Refuge (P.S.)
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  2. City of Refuge (P.S.)

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    Price R418.00

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As a cultural Acadian/Cajun/Creole, New Orleans has been a cultural "Mecca" for me for life. We first visited in 2001 & I had found the place that despite not being from there, is where I was from. My culture, my connection, my NOLA. The events of Hurricane Katrina were life altering for me. Like watching a beloved Aunt injured & dying on CNN, and being powerless to help, I remember those days of grief, anger, uncertainty. Several years ago we finally returned to New Orleans & restarted our tradition of annual visits. I began to close the loop of grief & fear katrina opened. Then, living in New York (Hoboken, NJ) hurricane sandy happened. The loop fully closed. I experienced my "Katrina". I now physically understood all that my New Orleanian brothers and sisters had. Suddenly my connection to the Crescent City was stronger than ever. This book conveys much of my experience & those of the city I love. Thank you so much for writing it. It is as if the words poured forth from my own... Read more
I've read many books about Katrina and the aftermath and tho this one is a work of fiction it reads like a true story. I quickly became invested in the characters and their situations, and knowing what was ahead for them made it a suspenseful experience. The way things played out for them, with all the emotional turmoil and tough decisions they faced, was very satisfying, and I would recommend this book to everyone!
Currently reading this book now. Though I am only about 1/3 into it I find it hard to put down. The description of Katrina and two families, one black, the other white, and their struggles to survive the storm is remarkably well told. Piazza knows the city and he knows the people. He ability to write black dialog believably is really remarkable. This is a great book by a very talented author. Beyond that it is a warning to all of us whether we live in New Orleans or, like me, in the Pacific Northwest where natural disaster is an ever present threat. You can very easily find yourself in an overwhelming situation well beyond the ability of local, state or federal authorities to manage.
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