C. Morgan Babst The Floating World: A Novel

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The Floating World: A Novel

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A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS' CHOICENamed a BEST BOOK OF 2017 by Amazon, Kirkus, Bustle, Southern Living, the Dallas Morning News, and Largehearted Boy"Set in New Orleans, this important and powerful novel follows the Boisdoré family . . . in the months after Katrina. A profound, moving and authentically detailed picture of the storm's emotional impact on those who lived through it." --People
In this dazzling debut about family, home, and grief, C. Morgan Babst takes readers into the heart of Hurricane Katrina and the life of a great city.

As the storm is fast approaching the Louisiana coast, Cora Boisdoré refuses to leave the city. Her parents, Joe Boisdoré, an artist descended from freed slaves who became the city's preeminent furniture makers, and his white "Uptown" wife, Dr. Tess Eshleman, are forced to evacuate without her, setting off a chain of events that leaves their marriage in shambles and Cora catatonic--the victim or perpetrator of some violence mysterious even to herself.

This mystery is at the center of Babst's haunting and profound novel. Cora's sister, Del, returns to New Orleans from the successful life she built in New York City to find her hometown in ruins and her family deeply alienated from one another. As Del attempts to figure out what happened to her sister, she must also reckon with the racial history of the city and the trauma of a disaster that was not, in fact, some random act of God but an avoidable tragedy visited on New Orleans's most vulnerable citizens. Separately and together, each member of the Boisdoré clan must find the strength to remake home in a city forever changed.

The Floating World is the Katrina story that needed to be told--one with a piercing, unforgettable loveliness and a vivid, intimate understanding of this particular place and its tangled past.p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #e4af0a}

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An Amazon Best Book of October 2017: The Floating World will swallow you whole. Told from the alternating perspectives of the Boisdorés family, C. Morgan Babst’s novel recounts the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It’s a haunting, beautiful, relentless portrait of the devastation the storm inflicted on a city, and a family – dismantling and fracturing everything in its path. With exacting prose, Babst gets to the heat and heartbeat of New Orleans. Like the water that rises from beneath the city, she presents a story that swells with history, poverty and racism, mental illness and violence. The characters are alive with guilt and yearning and are immediately scarred by the things they did—or didn’t do—when the hurricane slammed into their houses, scattered their family, and submerged their city. At a time when much of our focus is on the devastation of recent hurricanes, Babst’s novel serves as an essential and evocative—not to mention, gorgeously written—portrait of the grief and trauma of those that witnessed and experienced Katrina. —Al Woodworth

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“This powerful, important novel . . . is New Orleans to the bone, an authentic, detailed picture of the physical and emotional geography of the city, before, during, and after the tragedy, its social strata, its racial complications, the zillion cultural details that define its character . . . Deeply felt and beautifully written; a major addition to the literature of Katrina.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
 
The Floating World is a thought-provoking story of class and race and trauma, told through the dramatic prism of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Babst’s sentences are so fresh and alive they leap off the page. This is a beautiful and captivating book.” —Jessica Shattuck, New York Times bestselling author of The Women in the Castle
 
“This book is an achingly precise diagram of a city and family in heartbreak. Babst’s writing is fluid and insidious and hauntingly beautiful. The Boisdorés join some of the great families of American fiction, fascinating kinfolk through whom we watch the rise and fall and rise of New Orleans.” —Kaitlyn Greenidge, author of We Love You, Charlie Freeman 
 
“In powerfully lyrical prose, Morgan Babst evokes the shattered lives strewn in the wake of the levee collapses that left New Orleans in ruins. It’s a story still difficult to believe—even by those of us who lived through it.” —John Biguenet, author of The Rising Water Trilogy
 
“This is a rich and powerful novel, satisfying on many levels—wry, eloquent, passionate, and completely memorable.” —Valerie Martin, author of Property and The Ghost of Mary Celeste
 
“This powerful and lyrical novel captures the emotional currents in New Orleans after Katrina. With an authentic and sensitive voice, Morgan Babst explores family, race, class, and the essence of disruption.” —Walter Isaacson, bestselling author of Steve Jobs
 

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