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The Floating World

by C. Morgan Babst

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The Floating World by C. Morgan Babst
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    Oct 2017, 384 pages
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    Oct 2018, 400 pages

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A debut about family, home, and grief, The Floating World takes readers into the heart of Hurricane Katrina and its lingering aftermath.

In this novel, set in post-Katrina New Orleans, C. Morgan Babst depicts an apocalypse worthy of dystopian science fiction in arresting detail. While this is a fictional version of the disastrous hurricane and subsequent flood, it represents a tragedy that was and is all too real. As one character walks through the aftermath, he watches as "families burdened with trash bags and coolers picked their way across a desert of mud crisscrossed with torn power lines" and laments, "there was no Moses here leading these people out of bondage, no milk and honey on the other side." This "floating world" is a purgatory, the land that God (and the government) forgot.

The novel unfolds over three months following the disaster (Katrina hit in August 2005), with a middle section capturing the worst of the storm itself. Joe and Tess Boisdoré flee the city before the hurricane hits, but their 28-...

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