DATE PUBLISHED: 25th April 2017
Hurricane Katrina sets a teenage girl adrift. But a new life — and the promise of love — emerges in this rich, highly readable debut.
Bayou Perdu, a tiny fishing town way, way down in Louisiana, is home to sixteen-year-old Evangeline Riley. She has her best friends, Kendra and Danielle; her wise, beloved Mamere; and back-to-back titles in the under-sixteen fishing rodeo. But, dearest to her heart, she has the peace that only comes when she takes her skiff out to where there is nothing but sky and air and water and wings. It’s a small life, but it is Evangeline’s. And then the storm comes, and everything changes. Amid the chaos and pain and destruction comes Tru — a fellow refugee, a budding bluesman, a balm for Evangeline’s aching heart. Told in a strong, steady voice, with a keen sense of place and a vivid cast of characters, here is a novel that asks compelling questions about class and politics, exile and belonging, and the pain of being cast out of your home. But above all, this remarkable debut tells a gently woven love story, difficult to put down, impossible to forget.
This is a story about family, displacement, rebuilding, and the ability of people to come together and overcome the odds. The vivid writing paints a picture of the life of sixteen-year-old Evangeline as she and her family are displaced from their small fishing town by Hurricane Katrina.
Evangeline is a brilliant character who brings the story to life. A strong-willed and engaging character that has strong family ties and overcomes great hardship in the loss of her home, her families livelihood, her friendships and her identity.
Evangeline must find herself and come to grips with where she will go from here.
By painting the picture of Bayou Perdu before Hurricane Katrina the reader gets a sense of the loss Evangeline is experiencing from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. As the story moves on, life goes on, family relationships and possible romance fill the story while the family aim to rebuild their lives.
A simultaneously heart-breaking and heart-warming novel with believable family relationships and a protagonist who endears the reader to the challenges she faces in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Keep Calm and Read On,