Accomplished writer Tom Piazza (My Cold War and Why New Orleans Matters) has penned an illuminating novel, City of Refuge, that vividly describes the few days before and after Hurricane Katrina wrought mayhem on New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Using two charactersCraig, a transplanted Midwestern writer, and S.J., a Vietnam veteran deeply rooted in the city of his birthPiazza not only shows the criminal failure, indifference, and negligence of a long list of agencies and officials, but conjures the horrific and deadly conditions faced by the people of New Orleans during and after Katrina’s havoc. Large-hearted novelist Richard Russo blurbs:
To read City of Refuge is to realize that this is what fiction is for: to take us to places the cameras can’t go. The novel’s charactersand what happens to themare unforgettable, and so is the portrait of New Orleans, the city Tom Piazza clearly loves with all his large, generous heart.